Eva Varga, M.A., born and raised in Oregon, has a deep respect for history and nature. Her father instilled the knowledge of tree identification and an appreciation for geography and natural resources at an early age. As an undergraduate, she pursued a dual degree in General Science and International Studies. During this time, she spent a summer abroad in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Thereafter, she began graduate work at Oregon State University in Elementary Education, earning a Master of Arts in Teaching degree. She taught for six years in the public schools (four as an elementary science specialist and two as a fifth grade classroom teacher) and has received numerous awards and grant honors for the development and integration of non-native species curriculum. In 2002, she was selected as an Oregon state finalist for the Presidential Award of Excellence for Math and Science Teaching. She has also volunteered with an Earthwatch team studying parasitism of rainforest caterpillars in Ecuador.
Course No. ED447N, ED547N
Course No. SC416M, SC516M
You and your K-12 students can do something about the harmful, invasive non-native species growing in your community, back yard and school grounds. In some cases these plants take over important habitat for wildlife while reducing the diversity and quantity of native plants.