Outdoor School Program

This 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 launch the statewide Outdoor School program, building on a legacy that begain in 1966.

Questions about Outdoor School? Please contact us.

Funding Process and Timeline

OSU Extension is pleased to begin administering the statewide Outdoor School program.

Year 1 implementation (2017-18 school year)
With input from our advisory committee, we have drafted an application process, timeline, and related documents and are prepared to begin working with districts in preparation for funding Outdoor School programs for the 2017-18 school year.

See the Letter to districts: Funding process and timeline for year 1 (PDF) for information on:

  • Definition of Outdoor School for Year 1
  • Requesting and executing a Master Agreement with OSU
  • Overview of Year 1 funding process and timeline
  • Anticipated details for funding application, allocation, and distribution
  • Anticipated reporting requirements

Application for funds
There is a condensed timeline for this Year 1 (2017-18 school year). We anticipate the application process will start in winter 2018 for the 2018-19 school year.

In Year 1:

  • August/September: Districts enter into Master Agreements with OSU
  • Mid-September: OSU Extension Outdoor School application for funding available online
  • Early October: Funding applications due from districts
  • Late October: OSU Extension reviews applications and notifies districts of funding

Getting the word out
You can help by sharing this information with your contacts at school districts. Please direct any questions to the Outdoor School contact form.

Outdoor School Updates

Updates on the status of Outdoor School funding and planning process.


  • 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.

Advisory Committee, Work Groups, Job Postings

Meeting notes

Advisory committee and work group information

Ask questions, give feedback, complete surveys

Upcoming Events and Professional Development Opportunities

None currently.

Resources for Outdoor Camps and Programs