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

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A video about Outdoor School:

video courtesy of Chelsea Sherier

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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 2014 Give!Guide is here!

We're thrilled to be included in the Willamette Week Give!Guide for the 5th consecutive year. Give!Guide makes it simple to give generously during the holidays and make a real difference here in Oregon -- simply go to

Every amount counts! 
Help us reach our goal of $20,000 by Dec. 31st

Thank you to our G!G business partner:


        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!

        That’s why we’ve formed the Oregon Outdoor Education Coalition, a partnership between Friends of ODS, the Gray Family Foundation, Metropolitan Group and many others statewide 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.

        Register here for updates on the Coalition's progress

        This year we're excited to welcome Outdoor Project as our new organizing partner! Their passion for promoting environmental education and using inspiring photography to get people outside is the perfect fit.

        Submit your amateur and professional photos through February 1, 2015. Youth 18 or under may submit free.

        Mark your calendar to vote for the 2014 Photo of the Year at our Awards Gala!

        When: February 21, 2015
        Where: Base Camp Brewing Company
        Afterparty: Iconic Lounge, 6:30pm-close 

        As always, Photo of the Year donates all proceeds to Friends of Outdoor School.

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