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Comprehensive Distance Learning Panel

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During the COVID-19 pandemic, many outdoor school providers and districts are developing Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL) outdoor school programs to serve students who are participating in school online or via some other form of remote learning. These transitions to CDL programming are supported by the OSU Extension Service Outdoor School program's COVID-19 response strategies for 2020-2021. On December 18, 2020, we hosted a panel discussion with representatives from four outdoor school programs that are developing CDL outdoor school programs. 

You can watch a recording of the panel via the button below. The resources mentioned during the webinar are available below the recording. If you have any questions or need support while developing your own CDL outdoor school programs, we encourage you to reach out to us at

The Zoom chat is available for download.



Land Acknowledgment Resources:

Camp Tamarack Virtual Outdoor School Resources (curriculum, schedules, etc.)

  • After the panel presentation, Camp Tamarack developed curriculum for in-person day programs at schools. You can access those resources here.

Wallowa Resources - Educational Resources (outdoor school-specific resources will be added in the coming months)

Perrydale SD Virtual Outdoor School Resources (curriculum book, Powerpoint presentations, etc.)

If, after watching the recorded panel discussion, you are interested in contacting one of the panelists, please email our Curriculum and Professional Development Coordinator, Kristi Backe, to arrange an email introduction.

There is an entire section of our website dedicated to supporting outdoor school programs in developing and implementing modified outdoor school programs in 2020-2021. Visit this Modified Programming site to learn more about program implementation logistics, adjusting your instruction for new formats, supporting social-emotional well-being, and more!

In Spring 2020, we created ten weekly activity sets to support students in making nature observations, keeping nature journals, and exploring interactive virtual resources. Perhaps some of these activities might inspire some of your work to transition to modified outdoor school programming! The website, including the ten weekly activity sets, are available in English and in Spanish.

Return to the Modified Programming for 2020-2021 page.

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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!