The George Fox University Science Outreach Program was created in 1994 by Dwight Kimberly with the help of a grant from the MJ Murdock Charitable Foundation. A well-equipped science laboratory was dedicated for the Science Outreach Program in the newly built Edwards-Holman Science Center. Dwight’s desire was to help educators teach science better.

Dwight’s vision included loaning valuable resources to under-equipped science teachers, providing encouragement, and brainstorming lab and hands-on teaching opportunities. He also formed a close connection with the home-school community by providing youth science classes taught by George Fox University undergraduate science students. Dwight continues to stay connected to this program as the community liaison.

In 2011, Dwight stepped down as director. Kathy Weiss directed the program from 2011 to 2016. From 2017 to 2021, Paige Parry continued to develop and expand the program according to the original vision. Today, the program continues to grow and thrive and we look forward to many years of serving the community of K-12 science educators.

Program's Scope

The Science Outreach Program has grown to include formal associations with several school districts, including more than 120 teachers and 60 schools, OHSU, OMSI, and Newberg Community School. Countless home-school children have attended youth science classes. Over time, George Fox has built a national reputation for excellent science outreach and serves as a model for similar outreach programs.

We are happy to work with all educators, whether teachers from public or private schools, home-school parents, camp directors, or anyone interacting with children and teaching science.


Many of our services fall under one of four primary categories:

  • Youth Science Classes: Science classes are taught by George Fox undergraduate students in a laboratory setting. These classes are popular with, but not restricted to, home-schooling families.
  • Interschool Equipment Loan Program: George Fox University loans science equipment to public and private school teachers, home-school parents, and members of the greater George Fox University community.
  • Star Lab: The Star Lab is a portable planetarium. Come to George Fox or we bring the field trip to you!
  • Ecosystem Explorers: George Fox science students guide monthly nature walks for children and their parents emphasizing outdoor education and discovery.

In the News

11.2.2022: TheNewbergGraphic: GFU science outreach program offers youth classes, loans equipment

10.14.2022: KGW8: George Fox students teaching younger kids science lessons missed during the pandemic

5.29.2015: ColumbiaCountySpotlight: Planetarium visits Scappoose Middle School