• Contributed over $4 million to send students to ODS
  • Secured a permanent source of partial funding from Metro for each fifth- or sixth-grade student in the region to attend ODS
  • Developed hundreds of community partnerships with local businesses and nonprofits on behalf of ODS
Friends of Outdoor School members have:
  • Ensure our community knows how to support ODS
  • Secure additional permanent funding sources outside the K-12 budget so that all students in the region may attend ODS
  • Continue to develop partnerships with local businesses and nonprofits to raise the profile of ODS
Our goals:
Why support Outdoor School?

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.

Friends of Outdoor School
Outdoor School

"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


Since 1966, Outdoor School has been a vital component of Oregon's public education system. Each year, thousands of families count on the program to introduce their children to nature, ecology, the environment, natural resources, and animal and plant life while keeping them safe, healthy, comfortable and inspired. Unfortunately, schools do not always have the money to send their students to Outdoor School.

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