As a result of the new Outdoor School for All law and passage of Ballot Measure 99, all public schools, private schools, charter schools and education service districts (ESDs) may apply to receive state grant funds for up to five nights and six days of a qualified Outdoor School program. If you are a program provider, or considering becoming one, following are some things to think about as you interact with potential program contractors.
Step 1: Be ready for inquiries by conducting an internal assessment of your program or planned program.
Step 2: Identify, connect with and listen to schools (and camps, if necessary) in your region.
Step 3: Can your program and/or facility meet your target schools’ Outdoor School programming needs and priorities?
By listening carefully to the needs of educational facilities and through collaboration, you can build or expand a program that will engage students, meet curriculum standards and local needs, and bring science to life for students.
Oregon State University Extension Outdoor School Funding Program
Gray Family Foundation Guide to Launching an Outdoor School Program
Map of Residential Camp Facilities Serving Oregon
List of Camps Serving Outdoor School
Friends of Outdoor School