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On November 8, 2016, Oregon voters passed Ballot Measure 99, authorizing funds from the state lottery to provide all 5th or 6th grade students in Oregon access to a week of Outdoor School. Measure 99 provided the funding for Senate Bill 439, which was passed by the Oregon Legislature in 2015.
Every Oregon student in fifth OR sixth grade, including homeschooled, charter and private school students, will have the opportunity to attend a weeklong Outdoor School program, or an equivalent outdoor education experience that reflects local community needs, provided their school district or education service district (ESD) applies to receive funding for an eligible Outdoor School program.
This is a voluntary program; all school districts and education service districts (ESDs) will have the opportunity to access the funds, but are not required to participate. Oregon State University Extension Service is the grant administrator, and will oversee the creation of the grant program, manage grant allocations, and support schools in preparing and implementing Outdoor School programs.
Per the law, the state will make funding available to OSU Extension Service in July 2017. The goal is for funds to be available to school districts and ESDs by the 2017-2018 school year. Planning is currently underway; school districts and ESDs will be notified as information becomes available about how to apply for funding.