Outdoor School: An Often Rainy Rite Of Passage In Oregon

opb-news | June 3, 2012 5 p.m. | Updated: July 26, 2012 10:07 a.m.

Outdoor School - Photos by Katrina Sarson

Outdoor School is a rite of passage for sixth graders around the state.

Days of learning in the woods can make an impression on 12 and 13 year olds. These days, it’s in the news mainly because of funding challenges.   

In Multnomah County, Outdoor School started in the mid-1960’s.  Many of the traditions haven’t changed. For instance, adults and high-school students, who serve as “student leaders,” all have Outdoor School names.

So, Scott Sievertsen  goes by “Weasel” when he’s at school. And tenth-grader Callen Krevenko answers to “Pi.”

This is the last week of spring Outdoor School. A team from Oregon Field Guide sent us this audio postcard.

You can watch for the story on Oregon Field Guide in the fall. Outdoor School will start up again in October.  




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