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Important "Stay Home, Save Lives" Information

As you are likely aware, COVID-19 (commonly referred to as the CORONA virus) is a growing concern in Oregon and across the globe.  On Thursday (March 12, 2020), Governor Kate Brown announced several statewide responses, which included the closure of K-12 schools through the end of March.  Additionally, many universities including Oregon State University (OSU) have recommended strategies to help contain and mitigate the spread of the disease including moving classes to online platforms and canceling large gatherings.  While these actions are designed to protect our most vulnerable populations, we fully recognize the burden these decisions have on districts, families, and outdoor school providers across Oregon, including the financial challenges that program cancellation can cause.

The OSU Extension Service Outdoor School Program's response to the pending COVID-19 threat is detailed in the letter linked via the button below.  Please read it carefully and check out our frequently asked questions (FAQs) page.  If you still have questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact us at  We anticipate that the volume of questions will be high, but we hope you'll be patient, as we try to respond to you all within a reasonable amount of time.

The History of
Outdoor School

Outdoor School has a 60-year history in Oregon. Read more.

We’ve completed
our first Biennium!

Review our progress as reported in our 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 Annual Reports.


Our Mission, Vision,
and Values

Why and how we're working to make the Oregon Outdoor School experience the best in the nation.

Our Advisory Committee

The Outdoor School Program's Advisory Committee Members help guide the equitable distribution of our funds. 

Outdoor School Research, Evaluation, and Assessment


  • Highlights of our ongoing research projects, as well as other research relevant to Outdoor School that's taking place in Oregon.
  • Evaluation and assessment resources for educators and outdoor school programs to support you in your evaluation of students both pre- and post- outdoor school
  • Best practices in program evaluation



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