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Welcome to Outdoor School

Welcome to OSU Extension Service Outdoor School Program. Outdoor School is a transformative outdoor education experience for Oregon’s fifth and sixth graders in the world’s greatest classroom. Immersed in Oregon’s natural landscape, students learn about themselves and their peers, the environment and natural resources, STEM, and leave with skills to prepare them for their future.

The 2019-2020 Outdoor School Funding Application period is OPEN!

Our "first consideration" deadline was May 15, 2019, but if your district is interested in obtaining Measure 99 funds in support of your outdoor school event, we strongly encourage you to apply as soon as possible. The application system will remain open until we have depleted our funds, or until December 31, 2019, whichever comes first!

Our Mission

Together, we empower and support inclusive, impactful, and high quality Outdoor School experiences for Oregon's youth.

Our Vision

Oregon Outdoor School will be the most successful, high-quality outdoor education program in the nation.

Our Values

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, Relationships, Innovation, Integrity, and Quality are central to how we approach our work.
Students singing
Photo by Joe Kline

2017-2018 Annual Report

The 2017-2018 Outdoor School Annual Report is available. Please take a moment to review it online, download it, or contact us if you'd like a printed copy.

Students exploring
Photo by Joe Kline

Other Outdoor Study Opportunities

There are many opportunities to get involved in the outdoors! Visit the link below to learn more about events, camps, and resources for students who would like to gain more outdoor experience.

Outdoor Stories Project

Storytelling is uniquely human. It helps us to make sense of our experiences, pass on knowledge, express big ideas, and connect to others and to our environment in meaningful ways.

That’s why Friends of Outdoor School is collecting stories—personal and powerful memories from people of all backgrounds and ages.

The Outdoor Stories Project shares the important ways that Outdoor School and other outdoor education experiences positively affect individuals and their communities.

These storytellers may have realized something new within themselves. Discovered a career path. Experienced wonder. Found a community where they truly belonged. Learned something mind-expanding. Realized they could learn, by learning in a different way than possible in their classroom.

Whether it’s about personal transformation, the chance to lead others, receiving safe refuge or a kind voice when needed most, learning about our unique Oregon heritage with their own two (muddy!) hands, or the timeless tradition of singing songs while bonding around the campfire, many Oregonians have important stories to tell about the outdoor educational experiences that changed their lives in positive and often substantial ways.

But don’t take our word for it. Spend some time here! Learn their stories. Hear their voices. Be changed, too!

Questions?

Please don't hesitate to contact us at outdoorschool@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-4391 if you have any questions about the Outdoor School Program!