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Outdoor School for All


Because our future
is in their hands.

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Outdoor School for All


Because our future
is in their hands.

Preserving our heritage

Since its first band of Medford sixth graders in 1957, Outdoor School’s mission has been simple: get our next generation of leaders off the couch and out into Oregon’s great outdoors.

Oregon is a stunning tapestry of natural wonder and natural riches. Our challenge as Oregonians is making sure it stays that way. How do we inspire and equip the next generation to be the leaders we need?

The answer is outside

Outdoor School is a proven answer. Kids come alive – curious and engaged – when they get outdoors. Outdoor School is a smart, time-tested, hands-on science-based week of solid, effective education. Breathing fresh air, surrounded by wonder, collaborating with other kids builds confidence and self-sufficiency as kids learn to value and make responsible choices about our incredible natural resources. 

Simply put, Outdoor School is a time-tested experience that changes kids’ lives and makes them better prepared to meet the challenges of tomorrow.

It’s time to ensure Outdoor School is there for all kids

Because of tight school budgets, currently only about half of Oregon’s students get to experience Outdoor School. And even then, sometimes only for a day or two rather than the full week experience that research shows is most effective.

That’s not good for Oregon. Or our kids. With your help, we can change this. The benefits of Outdoor School are clear: strengthening today’s economy, creating tomorrow’s leaders, and preserving for all time the natural resources and natural legacy that make us who we are – Oregonians.

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Action -- Help Us Save Outdoor School

Our goal:

Give every Oregon fifth or sixth grader a hands-on week of science- based, outdoor education by securing a permanent, stable source of funding for Outdoor School.

The first step:

Get Outdoor School for All on the ballot this fall. We need your help gathering signatures to qualify a measure for the November ballot to fully fund Outdoor School. 

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About


The Facts

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The Facts

The Facts:

Outdoor School:

  • began in rural Oregon, in Medford in 1957 and Prineville in 1958
  • gets kids off their screens and into Oregon’s great outdoors
  • builds self-confidence and self-reliance
  • strengthens leadership, critical thinking and collaboration skills.
  • will generate $270,000,000 million in economic impact over 10 years.
  • provides internships for high school students, introducing them to meaningful careers.
  • will require no new taxes. 

Where will the money come from?

  • No taxes will be levied or raised to fund Outdoor School. Instead, a small portion of existing unallocated Lottery Funds will support it.
  • Outdoor School won’t take a dime from Lottery investments in public education, parks & natural areas, and gambling addiction.
  • Over the next 10 years, Outdoor School will create hundreds of rural jobs, promote workforce development, and generate an estimated $270,000,000 in economic impact. And that’s not even including more self-su cient and self- confident leaders for tomorrow. 
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