Overnight, residential Outdoor School programs for fifth or sixth grade students

Gray FF Outdoor School Program Announcement (2017)

The Foundation will give preference to:

  • Programs five days in length.
  • Programs that give scholarships to participating students in need as well as programs based at schools exhibiting a high level of need (as measured by the number of students receiving free or reduced lunch).
  • Programs engaging college or high school students as mentors.
  • Programs well supported by their communities and other partnerships.
  • Programs incorporating additional curriculum both before and after the trip.
  • Programs measuring students’ learning and long-term retention of the material covered.

The Foundation will not fund:

  • Programs which are for one night only (with very few exceptions for pilot programs or very new ODS programs)
  • Programs which do not have a financial safety net which allows all students to participate
  • Programs that ask for more than 40% of the total project cost (unless this is your first outdoor school program in which case we will consider your request)
  • Grants over $40,000
  • Until all Oregon students have a chance to attend outdoor school at least once, we will not fund programs that are designed to send kids a second time (i.e. in 5th and 6th grade)

Recently funded projects:

  • Canby School District; Canby, Ore. $15,000 to send 262 sixth grade students to Northwest Regional Educational Service District (NWRESD) at Camp Cedar Ridge or Magruder for three nights.
  • Klamath County School District; Klamath Falls, Ore. $20,000 to send 200 fifth and sixth grade students who would not otherwise have been able to attend Outdoor School to Klamath Basin Outdoor Science School for three nights, plus additional field study sessions before an after camp. Funds also used to develop inquiry-based curriculum units coordinated with the camp experience.
  • Knappa School District; Astoria, Ore. $3,000 to send 40 sixth grade students from Hilda Lahti School to NWRESD at Camp Magruder for three nights.
  • Philomath Outdoor School; Philomath, Ore. $7,750 to send 110 sixth grade students from Philomath Middle School to Camp Tadmor for four nights.
  • Siskiyou Field Institute; Selma, Ore. $15,000 to create a pilot program for 190 Grants Pass South Middle School and 70 Lorna Byrne Middle School sixth grade students to attend the expanded Siskiyou Outdoor School.
  • The Community Roots School, Silverton, Ore. $2,000 to send 15 fifth grade students and two sixth grade students to the group’s first Outdoor School at Camp Namanu for four nights.