Indigenous Studies and Outdoor Education
Critical Orientations - FREE online course!
This course supports outdoor educators in engaging with culturally responsive incorporation of indigenous studies concepts into outdoor education curriculum and programming. While outdoor school programs in Oregon serve 5th and 6th grade students, this course's content applies broadly to all outdoor and experiential education.
Outdoor School Site Owners and Operators
The Cost Model Report is NOW AVAILABLE
Outdoor School site or facility owners/operators had requested a tool to help them determine the actual cost of renting their facility to an outdoor school provider, and with the energy and expertise of Andy Lindberg and the Friends of Outdoor School team, that tool is now available! Contact us to request a physical copy of the report, or you can download a copy to print for yourself by clicking the button below. You can also download an excel spreadsheet for use in calculating your costs.
Together, we guide and support equitable, culturally responsive and interdisciplinary Outdoor School programs for Oregon’s youth.
Outdoor school will create equitable and positive outcomes for every Oregonian through empowering learning experiences.
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, Relationships, Innovation, Integrity, and Quality. These core values are central to how we approach our work.
Check out February’s Monday Update to learn more about the importance and relevance of land acknowledgements.
Interim Vice Provost Anita Azarenko asked Dr. Spirit Brooks, Dr. David Lewis, Jane Waite and Luhui Whitebear to join her this month to increase our understanding of respectful ways to acknowledge the contributions Native Americans continue to have on our communities and the natural world around us. Land acknowledgements are one way to honor the indigenous peoples that have for millennia stewarded the land we occupy. Acknowledgements also are an invitation to learn more about Native American culture and a first step to create and strengthen connections with tribal nations and members.
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!