Sign the Petition Today to Put Outdoor School For All on the Ballot this November!

by Nick Hardigg, Executive Director
Audubon Society of Portland
(republished from Audubon Society of Portland)

The key to successfully protecting nature tomorrow is connecting today’s youth with the great outdoors. That’s why Portland Audubon is taking a leadership role in the movement to save Outdoor School for all kids in Oregon.

The Outdoor School for All campaign is collecting signatures for a ballot initiative that will secure funding from the Oregon Lottery so that every single 5th and 6th grader in the state can go to Outdoor School. Currently, only school districts that can afford Outdoor School are able to attend. At Portland Audubon, we want every child to have access to nature—not just those with financial means.

With your help and the support of our membership, the campaign to Save Outdoor School for all Oregon kids will generate the 125,000 signatures needed by the July deadline to get on the November ballot, and provide outdoor school for all kids in perpetuity.

Click here, and you’ll be mailed a petition with pre-paid return postage. All you have to do is sign it, and drop it in a mailbox!

Thanks to a generous donor, we recently issued a $10,000 challenge match for gifts to the Outdoor School for All campaign. We hope that you will join us in [Photo by Lyn Rosten] supporting the campaign, because investing in our children now will pay dividends in fostering a generation of innovative, community-minded, and thoughtful youth committed to the protection of our natural resources. Click here to learn more about Outdoor School for All.

Protecting the most important wild places in Oregon is in our DNA. To continue our legacy, we must raise future generations to value and respect the land. The best way to do this is to give our kids hands-on, outdoor education. We hope you’ll join us in this endeavor to make history.

Request a petition today. Join the movement. Let's get on the ballot! (Your address will be kept confidential—and never be shared.)


photo credit: Lyn Rosten/Audubon Society of Portland

P.S. Beginning this weekend, we’ll also have a petition signing station open every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in our Interpretive Center at the sanctuary where you can sign the petition or sign up for training as a volunteer, and help us collect more than 100,000 signatures to get this measure on the November ballot.