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Friends of Outdoor School is dedicated to preserving the
Outdoor School experience for every Oregon student.

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A video about Outdoor School:

video courtesy of Chelsea Sherier

Why Outdoor School?

"I saw ODS as my own ticket to personal growth and spiritual wealth, but when I got back I realized that I had gained much more. At the end of the week, I decided to seriously look in to teaching as an option for a college focus. I learned so much about myself after I went to ODS."

—Kilo, ODS Student Leader
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  • SAVE THE DATE: Outdoor School For All Campaign Kick-off! Friday, Jan. 30th, 11AM-1PM, World Forestry Center.  A HUGE event for the whole family -- Stay tuned for more details soon!
  • What is Outdoor School For All? Learn about the movement to restore outdoor education for every Oregon sixth grader.
  • 2014 Photo of the Year amateur photo contest is open! Submit your outdoor and adventure images through Feb. 21
  • 2014 Photo of the Year Awards Gala: Feb. 21, 3:30-6:30pm, Base Camp Brewing. After party at Iconic Lounge6:30pm - close

 Thank you!

Wow - the incredible generosity of our supporters busted right
on through our goal of $20,000. You raised $28,431 -- almost DOUBLE last year's Give!Guide donations!
(That's enough for 75 sixth graders to experience their full, life-changing week)

Thank you to our G!G business partner:


        A movement to restore
        outdoor education for
        every sixth-grader

        We’re excited to share that the movement to restore outdoor education throughout Oregon is building incredible momentum! Oregon Outdoor Education Coalition (OOEC), a partnership between Friends of ODS, the Gray Family Foundation, Metro!

        That’s why we’ve formed thpolitan Group and many others statewide who are committed to creating a strong, cohesive voice for Oregon outdoor education. 

        Right now we're focused on securing state funding for a full week of Outdoor School for every Oregon sixth grade student.

        OOEC, with the generous support of the Oregon Forest Resources Institute, is holding six regional discussions through January 2015 to hear what Oregonians think about Outdoor School and how it can better serve the needs of their communities. These regional gatherings are an opportunity to help shape education in Oregon by telling us what you think Outdoor School should look like moving forward.

        Public Engagement Gatherings across the state:

        Medford: Sat, Jan 10, 1-3 pm, Jackson County Community Justice
        Newport: Sat, Jan 17, 1-3 pm, City of Newport Library
        Portland: Wed, Jan 21, 6-8 pm, Metro Council Chamber & Annex
        (Anyone from the state can teleconference into the Portland gathering)

        Eugene: Sat, Jan 24, 1-3 pm, U of O, HEDCO Ed. Bldg., Rm. 176

        Register here for a Gathering
        Register here
        for updates on the Coalition's progress

        Submit your amateur and professional photos through February 1, 2015. 

        Youth 18 or under may submit free!

        This year we're excited to welcome Outdoor Project as our new organizing partner! Their passion for promoting environmental education and using inspiring photography to get people outside is the perfect fit.

        Mark your calendar to vote for the 2014 Photo of the Year at our Awards Gala! 

        When: February 21, 2015
        Where: Base Camp Brewing Company
        Tickets: $25, available online soon
        Afterparty: Iconic Lounge, 6:30pm-close 

        As always, Photo of the Year donates all proceeds to Friends of Outdoor School.
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