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"It's not just a trip to the woods for the week. It's a critical part of our curriculum. Reading about the forest is a lot different from being in the forest."
- Cheryl "Isis" Bland, sixth grade teacher
Friends of Outdoor School is dedicated to preserving the Outdoor School (ODS) experience for all Oregon students regardless of a student's ability, experience, income or family background. We do this by raising funds, gathering volunteers, and building community partnerships on behalf of Outdoor School.
In 1957, a hands-on field science program called Outdoor School (ODS) launched in Oregon. It is an opportunity for students in fifth or sixth grade to move from their school classrooms into the outdoors to learn, immersed in nature. ODS programs are typically housed in residential camps; students stay onsite for up to five nights. While there, students learn about soil, water, plants and animals, as well as natural sciences specific to the local community and economy.