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Friends of Outdoor School is dedicated to preserving the
Outdoor School experience for every Oregon student.

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Why Outdoor School?

"I saw ODS as my own ticket to personal growth and spiritual wealth, but when I got back I realized that I had gained much more. At the end of the week, I decided to seriously look in to teaching as an option for a college focus. I learned so much about myself after I went to ODS."

—Kilo, ODS Student Leader
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video courtesy of Chelsea Sherier


Outdoor School for All:

A movement to restore
outdoor education for every sixth-grader

We’re excited to share that the movement to restore outdoor education throughout Oregon is building incredible momentum!

Outdoor School has been an Oregon tradition for over 50 years—yet today less than half of our students have the opportunity to participate in this meaningful, rigorous, place-based science education.  

That’s why we’ve formed the Oregon Outdoor Education Coalition, a partnership between Friends of ODS, the Gray Family Foundation, Metropolitan Group and others who are committed to creating a strong, cohesive voice for Oregon outdoor education.

Right now we’re focused on securing state funding for a
full week of Outdoor School for every Oregon sixth grade student.

Your ongoing support of ODS has gotten us this far: THANK YOU

Here’s how you can help now: 

  • Join the Coalition at and receive important updates about our progress and other ways you can support the movement.
  • Share your stories and photos on the website of how Outdoor School has made a positive impact on you, your children or your community.
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