The Oregon State University (OSU) Extension Service Outdoor School program is proud to offer open-access, on-demand courses that educators can engage in at their own pace. Online courses are offered in collaboration with OSU's Professional and Continuing Education (PACE) team.
Critical Orientations: Indigenous Studies and Outdoor Education
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.
What You'll Learn
This course is designed to surface some of the common assumptions and misinformation about Indigenous people and cultures, particularly as they relate to outdoor school in Oregon. You will:
You do not have to be involved with 5th or 6th grade outdoor school to access this course. The course content applies to all levels of outdoor education.
Coming Soon: An Introduction to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at Outdoor School
We are creating a self-paced online course that supports members of the outdoor school community in:
The anticipated release date for this course is: 2022
Introduction to Inclusive Excellence in Extension
While you're waiting for the outdoor school-specific introduction to equity, diversity, and inclusion course, you might be interested in checking out a related course: Introduction to Inclusive Excellence in Extension. While the course is designed for individuals volunteering for OSU Extension, anyone wishing to learn more about putting diversity, equity, and inclusion values into practice can benefit from this training.
This course was designed by Dr. Kristi Backe, Ana Lu Fonseca, Elsa Curtis, and Charissa Jones to support members of the Oregon State University (OSU) Extension community in understanding OSU's commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, as well as Extension's federal Civil Rights responsibilities, so they can be equipped to act in a manner that is consistent with OSU's commitment to Inclusive Excellence.