Become an OST Observer - It's Easy!

 Join the Oregon Season Tracker Program and become part of a local community of citizen science observers. Simply register, do the training, then start observing!


  • Register for the hybrid training.  Approximately 2 hours of self-paced online modules where you learn the program basics. Followed by a 2 hour classroom session to practice skills, answer questions and pick up your rain gauge.
            2017 scheduled classroom sessions:

               Spring 2017
                  March 22, 2017 - Stayton Oregon, 6 - 8 pm 
                  April 4, 2017 - Wren Oregon, 6 - 8 pm 
                  May 13, 2017 - Hoyt Arboretum, Portland Oregon,
                       10:00 am - 12:00 pm 

               Fall 2017 -  Self-paced online training opens 9/18, Then attend one classroom session below:
                   October 18, 2017 - Gates, OR, 6 - 8 pm
                   November 7, 2017 - Lakeview, OR, 6 -8 pm
                   November 8, 2017 - Klamath Falls, OR, 6 - 8 pm
                   November 13, 2017 - Eugene, OR 6:30 - 8:30 pm
                   November 15, 2017 - Astoria, OR, 6 -8 pm
                   November 15, 2017 - Tangent, OR, 6 - 8 pm

How to register:
To register you will need a Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, OSU email, or a Facebook account to log into the OSU online Canvas system for the hybrid training. Gmail, Yahoo, and Hotmail all offer free email accounts.

           Link to register   

Training cost $40/per family and includes the program approved rain gauge. Our partner LCEA is offering a scholarship for a reduced rate of $30 for Linn County residents in 2017.
  • What if there is no classroom session planned in my area?  Contact the Oregon Season Tracker program coordinator by email or phone 541-766-6311 for other possible options. Maybe you can help us organize in your area, or if you are a motivated self-starter you can do it all online.   
  • Start reporting your observations, and become part of the community of OST citizen scientists! 

As an educator in a school or non-formal setting:

  1. Contact the OST program coordinator by email or phone 541-766-6311 to discuss setting up your classroom or non-formal education group (4-H club, afterschool program, camp).
  2. Attend an educator training