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Northwest Outdoor Science School

Cause Area

  • Animals
  • Children & Youth
  • Education & Literacy
  • Environment


NWRESD - Northwest Outdoor Science School5825 NE Ray CircleHillsboro, OR 97124 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

Northwest Outdoor Science School contributes to the development of environmental literacy and responsible citizenship, provides hands-on learning experiences that are integrated with local school curricula, and promotes learning about, and appreciation for, the natural world.


Northwest Outdoor Science School is a multi-day, overnight experiential education program for sixth-grade students. Students live in and learn about the natural world in a natural setting, spending many hours each day on different science field studies. Learning takes place in small groups, and the activities are hands-on, short, interactive and fun. Students study about forest & aquatic habitats and life forms, soil and water quality, and more. At Outdoor School, students develop an understanding and appreciation of the natural world and their place in it.

Curriculum is based on the standards set by Oregon's Education Act for the 21st Century.

Social growth occurs as the students learn, live and play together. Students live in cabin groups and participate in evening campfire programs, cabin unity games, camp duties, recreation, and homeroom time with their classroom teachers. They learn to function as a team as they perform basic duties such as serving meals, presenting a weather forecast, or cleaning their cabins. Family style dining reinforces table manners, etiquette and nutritional diet. All sites have comfortable sleeping cabins with heat and electricity, restrooms with showers, a dining hall and covered areas for field studies.

Students also build community while at our program, as they live together in cabin groups and participate in a myriad of activities in those cabin groups, such as duties, games, team-builders, skits and songs.


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