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Instructional Resource Self-Evaluation Tool

The purpose of the Instructional Resource Self-Evaluation Tool (IRSET) is to ensure that each fifth- or sixth-grade student attending outdoor school has a purposeful and quality learning experience. The “Characteristics” identified in this Tool are based on best practices in education, and our hope is that it will help schools, districts, and providers be intentional in developing and implementing their outdoor school programming. The intent of this Tool is not to standardize the outdoor school experience, nor will it be used as a punitive measure related to funding. Rather, it supports and promotes the uniqueness that programs should provide students, and helps ensure that each student has a a high-quality experience that connects back to the classroom.

You may find our Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Glossary helpful as you use the IRSET.


Are you looking for the previous version (2.0) of the IRSET? It is available HERE.

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