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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!

Save the Date - Outdoor School Sites and Provider Gathering January 22-23, 2020!

Friends of Outdoor School, OSU Extension Outdoor School Program and Gray Family Foundation are excited to announce the upcoming Outdoor School Provider gathering at Camp Tadmor, near Lebanon, Oregon. Please mark your calendars for January 22-23, 2020, for a lively event with opportunities for networking, sharing best practices, and building partnerships. If you are focused on creating a solid business model for Outdoor School, are concerned with facilities upgrades and maintenance, design and implement programming, and engage in ensuring inclusive and equitable experiences for youth, the planning team is creating an agenda that will meet your needs. Stay tuned for registration information coming this fall.

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.

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!

Students look at trees

Ticket2Ride

Since 2016, this program has been supporting under-served students across the state by funding field trip transportation to State Parks. For many youth, these outdoor experiences aren’t accessible – due simply to the high cost of transportation. That's why this program is so important.

Students at outdoor school

Every Kid in a Park

Every Kid in a Park passes are available for 4th Grade Students. These passes are honored nationwide at all Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, and US Fish & Wildlife Service sites. They admit the pass holder and any accompanying passengers in a private non-commercial vehicle, and at per-person fee areas, they admit the pass holder and up to 3 people who are 16 and older (for a maximum of four people). Anyone 15 and younger is free of charge.

Students smiling

Get Out There Together

The Oregon State University (OSU) Extension Service Outdoor School program, in Partnership with Oregon State Parks, is pleased to announce our Get Out There Together program. Beginning this year, students who participated in outdoor school using Measure 99 funds can receive three Oregon State Parks passes for use with their family.

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!