Outdoor School Principles and Instructional Resource Self-Evaluation Tool
To ensure that each fifth- or sixth-grade student that attends outdoor school has a quality learning experience, the OSU Extension Service Outdoor School program developed the following 5 Principles for Outdoor School:
- Safe and Inclusive Environment Provided for all Participants
- Built on High Quality Curriculum
- Engaging Teaching Methodology Used Throughout
- Experience Has a Purposeful and Sequential Flow
- Connects to the Classroom and Community of Students
These principles were identified by stakeholders throughout the state as crucial components to a high-quality outdoor school experience. And, while high-quality curriculum is just one of the Principles of Outdoor School, it is the foundation upon which the remaining principles are built. Because of this, the Instructional Resource Self-Evaluation Tool was created as a resource for outdoor school providers and school districts to self-evaluate the curriculum they use at their outdoor schools.