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 launch the statewide Outdoor School program, building on a legacy that began in 1966.
The 2019-2020 Outdoor School Measure 99 Funding Application period is now OPEN! See below for detailed application instructions. Please feel free to share this link with your districts and schools, and use the information below to guide you in registering your district and completing your application. If you need additional information or assistance, please don't hesitate to contact us at [email protected].
Outdoor School Funding: Application and Reporting Process and Timeline
The 2019-2020 Outdoor School (Measure 99) Funding Application is now available. Each applying district will have to register on the site, using your Intergovernmental agreement number (IGA) and for "first consideration" awards, the application deadline will be May 15, 2019. NOTE: Applications received after the deadline will continue to be considered and ALL applications (even those received prior to the first consideration deadline) will be approved contingent upon the level of funds allocated by the Legislature.
To get started with your application you'll need to create an account. Do this by clicking the “Not a member?“ link on the right side below the log in button. NOTE: You'll need your OSU Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) number available before you begin.
This new application system allows only one authorized representative to register for each district. This representative is responsible for completing the online process—anyone else who tries to registered will be denied access.
Keep track of your login information! You may login at any time to begin or finish an application. The online application system will present the user with a separate application form for each school you wish to include in your application. NOTE: The new application system offers the authorized representative the ability to delegate the task of filling out an application to an individual representative at a school—or another appropriate individual. Look for the "Delegate" button available at the top of the online application screen. Also note: The authorized representative is responsible for reviewing each school's form, in its entirety and prior to submitting the application, to ensure the information is complete and accurate.
Upon submittal, the OSU Extension Service Outdoor School program team will review your application, and if approved, the authorized representative will receive a work order through DocuSign. If the Outdoor School team has questions or needs clarification, we'll contact the authorized representative.
As you may be aware, we are currently in our biennial review with the Oregon Legislature to determine the level of funding the Outdoor School program will receive. We ask that you apply by May 15, 2019, to provide us with the data necessary to demonstrate your interest in, as well as the value of outdoor school. We hope your application data will help the legislators in their continued support of our outdoor school students by voting to fully fund the program.
If you plan to submit an application after the deadline (we will continue to accept applications until funds are depleted, or December 31, 2019, whichever comes first), we strongly encourage you to notify us via email ([email protected]) or register and start the application (the system permits you to return to the application as frequently as needed).
The following documents provide information that will be helpful in understanding the Outdoor School application and funding process:
Answers to frequently asked questions regarding OSU Outdoor School funding, applications, and reporting.
2018-2019 Outdoor School (Measure 99) Funding Application links were emailed to participating District and Education Service District Superintendents (or requested points of contact) on April 23, 2018. If you are still interested in applying for 2018-2019 funds, please contact us at [email protected].
The 2018-2019 Outdoor School Report link, documents, and directions were sent via email to district contacts on January 12, 2019. Additional information may be found in the document below. Your Outdoor School Report may be submitted immediately following completion of outdoor school by all schools within your district, or no later than the deadline of June 15, 2019. If your district has not received your Outdoor School Report email, or you have questions or issues regarding your report, please don’t hesitate to contact us at [email protected].
Prior to being reimbursed for the funds expended to implement their outdoor school program, each awarded district must submit a complete report to Oregon State University (OSU) Extension Service Outdoor School program.
The 2017-2018 reimbursement period is closed. Please contact us with questions regarding your application or report.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us or call 541-737-4391 with questions regarding Measure 99 funding, 2017-2018 reimbursements (reports were due June 15, 2018), the 2018-2019 application or reporting process, or the 2019-2020 application process.
Outdoor School for All! Diverse Programming and Outcomes in Oregon is a participatory evaluation effort building understanding and knowledge about current outdoor school programming and its intended outcomes. This is an ongoing collaborative project of the Outdoor School Program and the Oregon Environmental Literacy Program, with support from the Gray Family Foundation and the Friends of Outdoor School.
Beginning in 2016, key stakeholders, including outdoor school providers, teachers, administrators, students, and others across the state came together to build understanding and knowledge about current outdoor school programming and intended outcomes. We built a common measurement system based on legislative requirements, a wide variety of data sources, existing literature/knowledge base and substantial input from stakeholders. Data gathered in this project are expected to support several elements of the statewide program. These include:
legislative reporting requirements (OR-SB 439);
community engagement and outreach;
diversity, equity and inclusion;
program and curriculum development;
professional development and learning; and
research, evaluation and assessment.
The report details findings from a 2018 pilot study of outdoor schools across the state of Oregon including survey results from students, educators, and providers.
Outdoor School Informational Fliers are now Available in Eight Languages and in Braille
Copies of the flier "Outdoor School - Learning in the world's best outdoor classroom" are available in English, Spanish, Russian, Vietnamese, Chinese, Korean, Somali, and Arabic. We've also had the English language flier transcribed to Braille. Please don't hesitate to contact us to request copies for parents or students attending your upcoming outdoor school planning and information sessions!
Reminder for the Parents and Teachers of Oregon's 4th Grade Students
Every Kid in a Park (the Interagency 4th Grade Pass) passes are still available for 4th Grade Students. These passes are honored nationwide at all Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, and US Fish & Wildlife Service sites charging entrance or standard amenity fees. They admit the pass holder and any accompanying passengers in a private non-commercial vehicle, and at per-person fee areas, they admit the pass holder and up to 3 people who are 16 and older (for a maximum of four people). Anyone 15 and younger is free of charge.
Please don't hesitate to contact us at [email protected] or 541-737-4391 if you have any questions about the Outdoor School Program!
OSU PROMISE Interns Spend Their Summer Creating Outdoor School Videos
PROMISE Interns Hevani Fifti and Laura Zepeda did a fantastic job of capturing wonderful footage at two outdoor school facilities this summer, and creating this and several other short videos that we'll feature on our website this fall.
Information and Listening Sessions
The Outdoor School Measure 99 Funding Information and Listening Session in Pendleton (August 9, 2018) was a great success. This was an opportunity for Eastern Oregon District Superintendents, Principals, and 5th or 6th Grade Educators to ask questions, plan for next year, and learn how your district can get involved (or stay involved) in outdoor school. A video of each segment of the session is provided below. We realize that the quality of these videos leaves much to be desired and we apologize if you find that they are not helpful. We'll work on getting a more professional set up at our next session!
We're hoping to host more sessions soon - with possible locations being Ashland, Salem, and Eugene. Please stay tuned!
Latest Outdoor School Videos
Below is a list of the Outdoor School Program's most recent videos.
Dr. Spirit Brooks presented her current activities and future plans for Research, Evaluation, and Assessment of the Outdoor School Program at the Pendleton Information and Listening Session on August 9th, 2018.
Mary Liberty-Traughber, public relations director for the Wildhorse Casino Resort, presented a summary of the business and charitable activities of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Nation as well as future plans for the tribe at the Pendleton Information and Listening Session on August 9th, 2018.
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It is with great excitement that we announce the final three members to your OSU Extension Outdoor School Team. Starting on October 22nd, please welcome:
Benno Lyon, our new Portland Metro Area Regional Coordinator
Sarah Cuddy, our new Eastern Oregon Regional Coordinator
Amy Hoffman, our new Southern Oregon Regional Coordinator
Benno Lyon (based in the Portland-Metro Area) has been an Outdoor School advocate since attending the program in 6th grade, which led to him working as an environmental educator and a middle school science teacher for nearly 20 years. Benno is eager to help expand access to experiential, outdoor science education for all students, particularly the most underserved and marginalized communities of the Portland Metro region. Benno earned his B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of Oregon in 1997, and his Masters in Teaching from Pacific University in 2002. Benno lives on four acres near the Sandy River, and spends much of his time with his wife and two children, growing vegetables, hiking the riverbank, and trying to be a good steward of the land he calls home.
Sarah Cuddy (based in Baker City) has spent nearly a decade as an outdoor educator; leading experiential based leadership expeditions all across the west. She joins us most recently from a statewide non-profit where she worked as a community organizer advocating for Oregon's public lands. Sarah has a BS in Environmental Science and a minor in Biology from the University of Oregon. As a life-long Oregonian, Sarah attended outdoor school as a 6th grader and is passionate about making outdoor school and outdoor experiences more accessible to all of Oregon's youth. In her free time, Sarah enjoys exploring remote parts of eastern Oregon's high deserts and forests with her husband Ethan and their dog Cody. She enjoys being outside in many forms, but has a special affinity for backpacking and fly-fishing.
Amy Hoffman (based in Ashland) has a background in natural resources and science education and most recently was teaching science education courses and coordinating an online graduate program. Amy has over a decade of experience in environmental education leading hands-on, experiential place-based programming designed for K-16 students, educators, and the general community. She led student driven service learning projects, worked closely with teachers and school districts, and developed and piloted curriculum. Amy also managed and mentored volunteers, student interns and AmeriCorps members, organized large events, and was very active in community outreach. Amy is passionate about connecting learners to our great outdoors through inquiry and action in their local communities.
Join our team
Please return here for links to other outdoor school related job openings. We also encourage everyone who is interested in Outdoor School to sign up for our stakeholder email list to receive periodic program updates and announcements (see “Stay connected,” above).
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. Many public schools currently allow temporary enrollment for home school and/or private school students in order to access services such as special education, sports programs, and foreign language courses. Similarly, families of private school or homeschooled students may temporarily enroll their students in their local public school for the duration of outdoor school programming offered by that district. Any student enrolled as a public school student at the time of outdoor school would be able to attend the district’s public school outdoor school programming through Measure 99 funds.
Enrollment decisions are determined by individual districts. As a result, local public school districts’ policies may vary. Families are encouraged to work with their current schools to seek guidance on enrolling their students (dual enrollment) for the purpose of outdoor school for the 2019-2020 academic year.
Students must be enrolled (or dually enrolled) in and attend a public school district’s official outdoor school programming to be eligible for Measure 99 funding
Private schools may not directly apply for Measure 99 funds
Districts may begin claiming students enrolled (dual enrollment) for the sole purpose of outdoor school on the 2019-2020 funding application (to launch early spring 2019)
Back payments or reimbursements for private school students who previously attended outdoor school through a public school program are not available for the 2017-2018 (first year of measure 99 funding)
Private schools who wish to conduct their own outdoor school programming may continue to apply for funding through the Gray Family Foundation.
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.
Outdoor School Columbia Pro Purchase Program
The OSU Extension Service Outdoor School Program Office is pleased to announce the Outdoor School Columbia Pro Purchase Program!
Columbia Sportswear has a strong history of supporting outdoor school in Oregon. And as District Leaders, Educators, and Outdoor School Providers begin to consider outdoor school equipment and apparel for their students, teachers, and staff, the OSU Extension Service Outdoor School Program Office would like to announce an exciting opportunity for districts and providers to purchase high-quality “tough tested” products at a discounted price. Most products are available at wholesale costs!
Please contact us to find out how outdoor school providers and districts can join Columbia’s Pro Discount Program. We hope districts and providers use this program to develop an inventory of high-quality equipment designed for heavy use that will hold up over time in Oregon’s harsh conditions, while ensuring every student has what they need to participate in outdoor school in both safe and comfortable conditions.
Status and next steps: Kristopher Elliott shares an update on Oregon Outdoor School on November 17, 2017.
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 Oregon Revised Statute 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.
Three-quarters of Oregon’s eligible fifth- and sixth-grade students participated in the inaugural year of the statewide Outdoor School program, according to a new Oregon State University Extension Service report.
Kris Elliott, OSU Extension Office in Corvallis and Mark Mulvihill, Intermountain ESD Superintendent discuss Outdoor School with host Butch Thurman. Topics include how Outdoor School is funded, Measure 99, adding State funded staffing to the mix, impact of the program and best practices for student success.
The Baker School District’s traditional outdoor school has expanded to a four-day and three-night residential camp this year thanks to voter-approved funding to help all districts provide similar experiences for their students.