Outdoor School has been a rite of passage in Oregon since it started in Multnomah County in 1966. It teaches children about the natural sciences and often, in the process, themselves.
Sixth grade students go to Outdoor Schools around the state to study plants, animals, water and soil. They sleep in cabins, share meals in a dining hall, sing songs and build campfires. High school sophomores, juniors and seniors volunteer as Student Leaders and support and mentor the younger students. Students spend between a few days to a week building new friendships with classmates and learning about the ecology of the state they live in.
They come away with memories that last a lifetime. This week, Oregon Field Guide takes a look at the past and present of this beloved institution.
We spent a very rainy week in May at Outdoor School near Mount Hood and had the opportunity to hear memories from some current Outdoor School student leaders.
Check out our video (above) to hear what Outdoor School means to them and share your memories below.
Did you attend Outdoor School as a sixth grader? Or were you a Student Leader or Junior Counselor as a high school student? Do you remember your Outdoor School name? (Mine was Raindrop.) Post a comment below: