Outdoor School Program

This is an exciting time for Oregon and for Oregon’s 5th and 6th grade students as OSU Extension works in collaboration with schools, partners, and communities to support and grow the statewide Outdoor School program, building on a legacy that began in 1966.

Questions?

If you have questions or would like to discuss how you can help, partner, or support the statewide Outdoor School program, please contact us.

As you receive questions from others, please encourage them to contact us directly and share the link to this page, which provides the most current information about the funding process and timeline, and other aspects of the program.

Stay connected

To be added to our stakeholder email list and receive periodic status updates and announcements, please contact us.

2017-2018 Applications for Funding Are Available Now:
 
We are excited to announce that applications for 2017-2018 Outdoor School funding have been distributed (October 3) and are available to all districts and educational service districts that have competed master agreements with OSU. If you would like to request a master agreement or have questions about a pending master agreement, please contact ODSaccounting@oregonstate.edu. Please direct any questions regarding your application to Outdoorschool@oregonstate.edu. Funding applications are due November 14, 2017.
 
Note to Non-Public/Private Schools:
 
OSU is committed to providing an Outdoor School experience to Oregon 5th and 6th graders within the funding allocations and requirements of the law. ORS 327.390 limits eligibility for Outdoor School Program grants to school districts and education service districts. Based on this provision and our understanding of the constitutional restrictions on the use of lottery funds, we will not be able to approve applications that incorporate subgrants to or other contractual arrangements with private schools for the purpose of providing Outdoor School services to the private schools’ students.

Funding and reporting process and timeline

2018-2019

The 2018-2019 Outdoor School (Measure 99) Funding Application forms were emailed to participating District and Education Service District Superintendents or requested points of contact on April 23, 2018.

  • The application deadline is May 21, 2018.
  • The OSU Extension Outdoor School Program office will give priority to Districts that apply by May 21, 2018.

The following documents provide information that will be helpful in understanding the application and funding process:

Please contact us with any questions regarding Measure 99 funding, reporting for reimbursement of 2017-2018 awards, and the 2018-2019 application process.

2017-2018

The 2017-2018 application period closed on November 14, 2017 and award notification letters were issued on or before January 31, 2018. 2017-2018 award reimbursements will be issued upon receipt of a complete report, with the deadline of June 15, 2018 for all reporting materials. Please direct questions regarding your application to Outdoorschool@oregonstate.edu.

Reporting Requirements for successful 2017-2018 applications.

Note to Non-Public/Private Schools: 

OSU is committed to providing an Outdoor School experience to Oregon 5th and 6th graders within the funding allocations and requirements of the law. ORS 327.390 limits eligibility for Outdoor School Program grants to school districts and education service districts. Based on this provision and our understanding of the constitutional restrictions on the use of lottery funds, we will not be able to approve applications that incorporate subgrants to or other contractual arrangements with private schools for the purpose of providing Outdoor School services to the private schools’ students.

Note to Charter Schools and Districts Serving Charter Schools:

As public schools, charter schools are eligible for Outdoor School program funding. A charter school’s Outdoor School program does not need to mirror other schools in the overall school district (e.g., length, provider, etc.). A charter school interested in applying for funds should contact their sponsoring school district and request to be included in the district-wide application. Funding will flow through the school district to any applicable charter schools. If a district is not submitting an application, a charter school may choose to work with their Educational Service District (ESD). The four state-sponsored charter schools can choose to apply themselves or be included within the District/ESD application. All districts should ensure they have included any eligible charter schools who wish to participate in their overall application.

Join our team

We are excited to build the OSU Extension team who will help lead the statewide Outdoor School program.

Please return here for links to future 2018 job openings, and sign up for our stakeholder email list to receive periodic program updates and announcements (see “Stay connected,” above).

Outdoor School Inspires!

We encourage all outdoor school enthusiasts to be inspired and to stay inspired by visiting the Outdoor Stories Project web site.

Resources for Outdoor Camps and Programs

Advisory Committee and Work Group information

As outlined in the law (ORS327.390), OSU Extension is developing Outdoor School’s administrative structure and fund-distribution mechanism with help from a diverse advisory committee

Advisory committee and work group information

Outdoor School Updates

News releases

Reports

Webinars

Background

  • In July 2017, the Oregon Legislature formally approved $24 million for the statewide Outdoor School program over the next two years.
  • This followed Oregon voters' approval of Ballot Measure 99 in November 2016, which designated funding, and adoption of Senate Bill 439, codified into law as ORS327.390, by the 2015 Oregon Legislature, which directed OSU Extension to assist School Districts and Education Service Districts (ESD’s) to provide a statewide Outdoor School program.