Science & Inquiry

About Science & Inquiry

The science department places a strong emphasis on fostering critical analysis and logical reasoning skills through hands-on learning opportunities for every student. We invite you to join us in engaging with our immersive science and inquiry projects. Become a member of our state championship-winning Envirothon Team, participate in cultivating our Community Garden, and take an active role in the preservation and restoration of Southern Oregon's natural habitats - the possibilities are endless.

We prioritize the application of scientific methodology in experiential education, using our local natural resources as a backdrop for learning. Students have the chance to observe firsthand how scientific principles are put into practice within our local and regional communities. Our curriculum spans all grade levels and extends beyond the classroom, incorporating outdoor study components. We offer a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to teaching scientific concepts, covering physical, life, earth, and environmental sciences for K-12 students.

Our Program

Mission: It is the mission of the Logos Department of Science and Inquiry to present science as a rational, systematic set of skills gained through observation, identification, description, experimental investigation and theoretical explanation of natural phenomena. The Logos Dept. of Science and Inquiry supports the development of knowledgeable, capable, critical thinkers and creative problem-solvers as it is critical/applicable to competent citizen action and involvement.

Vision: The science department encourages the importance of critical analysis and logical reasoning through experiential opportunities for all students. The department stresses the importance of skills such as phenological study, personal investigation, comparison, experimentation and cross-disciplinary approaches to problem-solving and data analysis.

9-12th Grade Envirothon (Rogue Pack)

The Envirothon is a hands-on environmental problem-solving competition for high school students in the US, Canada, China and Singapore. The NCF International Envirothon is the largest Environmental Science Program/Competition, serving over 500,000 students each year. Teams of 5 students train and compete by testing in four natural resource categories; Aquatic Ecology, Soils/Land Use, Forestry and Wildlife Ecology. Envirothon participants gain valuable knowledge and training in ecology and natural resource management principles and practices.  This program requires students to complete a year-long study and culminates with participation in both the Southern Oregon Regional Envirothon and Oregon State Envirothon team competitions.

The Logos Charter School Envirothon team or, Rogue Pack, was the first Southern Oregon team to win the State Envirothon competition and has now done so 5 times. The Logos 'Rogue Pack' has been able to represent the State of Oregon during the NCF International Envirothon Competition traveling to Missouri in 2015, Maryland in 2017, North Carolina in 2019, Ohio in 2022, and New Brunswick, Canada in 2023.  

Please consider joining our team and learning about the management of our natural resources in Oregon, North America, and beyond!  Make a difference in your home, community, nation, and world!

*The Rogue Pack is also inviting corporate, non-profit, and individual sponsors to help us with the costs of training and travel to our competitions.  We are incredibly grateful for our current and future sponsors and provide several opportunities for advertising.

6th Grade Outdoor School

Logos Public Charter School has developed a comprehensive K-12 Outdoor Education Program. This year, Logos will be hosting our fourth annual 6th grade Outdoor School at Camp Myrtlewood in Myrtle Point, Oregon... hosted by Rogue Environmental Ed.  For 5 days/4 nights, Students, Logos Teachers and High School Leaders will live at Camp Myrtlewood and attend outdoor education classes led by R.E.E. instructors.

Class concepts will include Weather and Climate, Marine Mammals, Indigenous Skills, Ecology, Animal Anatomy (skulls & bones), Team Challenges, and more! ALL 6th-grade students are strongly encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity! Interested students will work within our Logos Environmental Science ODS curriculum during Semester 2 in order to prepare for the trip in lieu of their current curricular lessons. Online program, or Assignment packets are available from your ES or by contacting our ODS Coordinators. Families must also attend one of the mandatory Outdoor School Informational Meetings in March, where all questions will be answered.

StreamWise / SWAT

One day each month, student volunteers will assume the responsibilities of professional field scientists. They will set transects, identify and count native and invasive plants species within randomly-selected plots, and document data that will be utilized by the restoration hosts to gauge the progress of their efforts.

The Student Watershed Assessment Team (SWAT), works within local forests and riparian areas on behalf of agencies and organizations who often lack the time and resources to monitor their efforts.

Students who commit to and participate in monthly SWAT Restoration activities will receive 1.0 credit. 

Please contact our Science Dept. if you or your organization is interested in contracting our Logos SWAT for ecological monitoring services. 

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Christopher VanNess

I'm the section representative for Science and Inquiry. I want to help answer any questions you may have about our fantastic program.

Seriously, let's chat. I'm extraordinarily passionate about this subject and enjoy teaching my students and parents alike.