COVID-19 Response Strategies
The OSU Extension Service Outdoor School Program's response to the ongoing COVID-19 threat is detailed in our Response Strategies and associated Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). For information about how Friends of Outdoor School, the Gray Family Foundation, and the OSU Extension Service Outdoor School Program are supporting outdoor school during this time, please see our Partner Letter and recordings of webinars we hosted for schools/districts and providers/sites. If you have additional questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tools, Curriculum, and Professional Development (Oh my!)
You've got your funding, now what do you do? Take a look at the information and materials provided below and don't hesitate to contact us should you need something that you don't see!
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.
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.
Get Out There Together
The Oregon State University (OSU) Extension Service Outdoor School program, in Partnership with Oregon State Parks, is working with the Oregon State Parks Department to design our second year of the Get Out There Together program. When the program is launched, students who participated in outdoor school using Measure 99 funds will be able to apply for Oregon State Parks passes for use with their family.
Columbia Pro Purchase Program
The OSU Extension Service Outdoor School Program Office is pleased to announce the Outdoor School Columbia Pro Purchase Program!
Columbia Sportswear has a strong history of supporting outdoor school in Oregon. And as District Leaders, Educators, and Outdoor School Providers begin to consider outdoor school equipment and apparel for their students, teachers, and staff, the OSU Extension Service Outdoor School Program Office would like to announce an exciting opportunity for districts and providers to purchase high-quality “tough tested” products at a discounted price. Most products are available at wholesale costs!
Please contact us to find out how outdoor school providers and districts can join Columbia’s Pro Discount Program. We hope districts and providers use this program to develop an inventory of high-quality equipment designed for heavy use that will hold up over time in Oregon’s harsh conditions, while ensuring every student has what they need to participate in outdoor school in both safe and comfortable conditions.