Salem Environmental Education is the lead for the Salem-Keizer Outdoor School Coalition, providing unique and high quality outdoor school experiences for all students
We are a coalition of agencies and organizations dedicated to environmental education and conducting unique, top quality outdoor school experiences. We provide a three day-long ODS experience at three different field sites: Oregon Garden, Salem 4-H Center, and Minto Brown Park. Three elementary schools will be accepted to our program in the fall of 2019 and three more schools in the spring of 2020. In a unique feature schools will rotate to a different field site each day, all within convenience distance from S-K schools.
Fall (three schools) – October 2019, 2-4
Spring (three schools) – May 2020, 6-8
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
• A program that is academically oriented and aligned to the state OARS (content and themes), NGSS, contains literacy components, and uses effective instructional practices
• Engaging and hands-on lessons that allow ALL students to explore and examine their environment
• Instructors and experts with years of experience in both content and instruction with additional training for working with elementary students
• Common themes and essential questions connecting all field sites together
• Social-emotional learning components to build a sense of community
• Opportunities to journal and reflect
• Support for pre- and post-learning opportunities in the classroom
The coalition is composed of the following agencies and organizations who are directly involved in providing instruction
• Salem Environmental Education
• Oregon Garden
• Oregon Forests Resource Institute
• Marion SWCD
• Oregon 4-H Center
• Marion County Environmental Services
• OSU Extension Service
• Salem Public Works
Fees per student: $25. This small fee will allow schools to use their allotment of outdoor school funds to purchase a variety of resources from curriculum support and field studies equipment, to student supplies (boots, ponchos, etc.).
In October students from Keizer Elementary School learned about plants, animals, soil and water. They participated in social-emotional learning activities and had a Nature Notes student journal to collect data from field studies and record reflections of their experiences. It was a great learning experience for all.