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Our Mission

Together, we guide and support equitable, culturally responsive and interdisciplinary Outdoor School programs for Oregon’s youth.

Our Vision

Outdoor school will create equitable and positive outcomes for every Oregonian through empowering learning experiences.

Our Values

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, Relationships, Innovation, Integrity, and Quality. These core values are central to how we approach our work.
Outdoor School: Building an Equity-Focused Organization

Kris Elliott, Outdoor School program leader, and Charissa Jones, outreach and inclusion coordinator, joined Anita Azarenko to share the work they are doing to make outdoor school accessible for all eligible 5th and 6th graders across the state.  

With a recently updated vision, mission and organizational “why,” equity remains at the forefront. Transparency is an essential characteristic as the Outdoor School program builds equity, diversity and inclusion awareness both internally and externally. 

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.

Applications and Reports

To learn more about the application and reporting process, including policies, frequently asked questions, and funding thresholds for 2020-2021, visit our Applications and Reports page!

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 Outdoors

Every Kid Outdoors 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.

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!