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Eco-School Changemaker Training

Eco-School Changemaker Training is a series of two in-person plus two online workshops to help you identify and start a project that:

  • meets a pressing sustainability need at your child’s school
  • follows your own talents and passion

The next cohorts are in 2023.

Click below to enter your name and email to receive the info-session link or save your spot at the training!


Do you want to help your kids’ school become healthier and greener?

Want your child to connect with nature and learn sustainability at school?

Want to connect with parents and teachers who are action-oriented and full of hope?

The Eco-School Network can set you up with the tools, encouragement, and support you need to make your vision a reality! You’ve got this, friend. And this network has got YOUR BACK.

What will we do together?

During a four-session hybrid training (two in-person and two online), you will build your confidence as a changemaker. You’ll explore what’s possible for your school, getting clear about your gifts, sources of motivation, and vision for change. Next, we’ll learn to get others in your school engaged and stoked.

The training will be facilitated by Amy Higgs, Executive Director of the Eco-School Network, as well as other Network parents who will be guest presenters. You’ll even get a personal mentor (an experienced Eco-School leader) to support you with coaching and pep talks!

What is this Network?

The Eco-School Network is a community of parents and students in Oregon working to make elementary schools greener and healthier. Over the past decade, this training has inspired hundreds of parents to lead important initiatives in their children’s schools including:

  • 70 school garden and habitat projects
  • 60 outdoor classrooms
  • 200 waste reduction programs
  • 25 walk and bike programs
  • 50 student green teams

…and other innovative projects! One person starting a project often engages others and leads to big school culture change. Together, our parents are preparing a critical mass of young Oregonians to be stewards of the Earth and their community.

But you’re so busy (and maybe exhausted). We get it.

We are parents and teachers ourselves. We don’t want to add to your stress or start unnecessary projects. This year’s recommended projects will be simplified and helpful for school recovery during this third year of the pandemic.  You can also come up with your own project – an easier one or an ambitious initiative.

We and are ALL ABOUT saving each other time. We’ll share the best tips our hive-mind has learned. You’ll access our library of ready-to-use guides and templates and there will be no long homework assignments. Whether you’re a PTA president or have never volunteered at a school, this training will bring energy and positive change to your life and your school community.


After the training, you’re invited to join our network of changemakers from other schools to see what’s possible. You’ll get no-pressure invitations to quarterly gatherings with parents in your own district, professional development workshops, an annual overnight retreat and a family camping trip!


About your trainer, Amy Lyons Higgs, M.S., M.Ed.,

Executive Director of the Eco-School Network

As a kid, Amy spent her days on a lake in the Maine woods, where she developed a fierce connection to nature from her woodsy Dad.  From her mom, a public school teacher, Amy saw the power that educators have to shape lives and futures. Amy combined her passions for education and the environment in college, where she and her now-husband, Steve, co-taught environmental education in local elementary schools.

At the University of Michigan, Amy got her Masters in Education Leadership and a Masters in Natural Resource Management and Behavior. Later, she managed an international network of environmental educators at Conservation International and helped protect biodiversity hotspots. In Portland, Amy helped start the Greater Portland Sustainability Education Network (GPSEN), and then learned organization leadership as Vice President of LCA Community Engagement.

Ten years ago, she became an Eco-School Network parent volunteer, discovering that the Network motivated even a super busy working mom to make rewarding change. The incredible community of parent leaders kept her engaged and motivated. Now she gets to support and grow this community of parents and students every day.

Amy plans and oversees programs, raises funds, and builds relationships for the Network. She has facilitated the Eco-School Network training for many cohorts over the years. Parenting through a pandemic and climate crisis is not for the weak of heart, so Amy keeps working to refill parents’ buckets with hope, gratitude, and inspiration.  After work, Amy is a sometimes-successful handy-person, a scrappy crafter, and with her husband and teen kids, a weekend chaser of water, snowflakes, and sunsets.

This training is a community effort.  Other facilitators include:

  • Jeanne Roy, co-founder and board chair of ESN
  • Audrey Schaab, long-time ESN facilitator and Beaverton district liaison
  • Celeste Lewis, board member and volunteer coordinator and strategist
  • Gerald Scrutchions, recent ESN board member, high school teacher and diversity, equity, and inclusion expert
  • And a cast of beloved trainee mentors

When is the training?

The next training will take place in October and November, 2023. The four-session hybrid training will consist of both in-person and online sessions, plus an optional session. Each cohort will first meet in-person, followed by 2 online sessions and will come together again for your final training session in-person to share your success. Training will be on a weekday evening from 7:00 to 8:30, and participants will determine which night of the week works best.

Ready to sign up or learn more?

Schedule a complementary one-on-one phone call to see if it’s right for you, or email for a link to a recorded info-session.



PO Box 2891     |     Portland OR 97208     |     503.960.5252

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