Outdoor School (ODS) is a statewide program that provides Science education for 6th graders in the “field” of the outdoors. For many students, ODS is their very first experience hiking in a forest, getting their feet wet in a stream or exploring sea life along a sandy beach. For others, ODS gives them new understandings and perspectives about the natural world they thought they already knew.
Outdoor school typically happens at a residential camp where your student will participate in hands-on science learning, but also develop skills working in groups, sharing living space with their peers and get to see their teachers interact with them in a new way. Our program is also supported by high school students who gain leadership skills while they provide mentoring and role-modeling for our younger students.
Outdoor School is funded through a state grant–it is free to students, and we will work with any family to overcome any challenges to participating. Please contact your school if you have any questions about this exciting program we see as an essential part of our educational vision.