Are you starting an Outdoor School program from scratch, or expanding your current program? Following are some ideas to help you evaluate your needs when considering program providers. In addition, when starting or reviewing a current program, we highly recommend referencing the Gray Family Foundation’s full 2012 report entitled, “Guide to Launching an Outdoor School Program” (grayff.org/guide-to-launching-an-outdoor-school-program).
Step 1: Consider: Will this provider meet our needs?
Step 2: Get together with your teaching team to evaluate the answers in Step 1.
Step 3: Secure the provider, then stay engaged with their programming.
After you engage a provider:
If your needs are not being met, let the provider know. Work with the provider to adjust the programming to meet your needs. This might be a professional development opportunity for the provider’s staff and your staff.
If your needs are being met, let the provider know that, too, and be specific. How can you work together to take the program and the relationship to the next level? This is another great professional development opportunity.
Ask for help from your teaching team. Together, you can build a program that will enhance learning, engage students, bring science to life, meet curriculum needs and add excitement and variety to your teaching practice.
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