Straub's outdoor school is unique.

We pack more outdoor instructional time in each day than any other program we know - but it out with plenty of time for quiet reflection and self-directed exploration. Each outdoor school session serves one 4th or 5th grade classroom at a time for 3 days and 2 nights.

We work on this intimate scale to keep the student-to-instructor ratio low and ensure the highest quality learning experience. Our nurturing instructors focus closely on each child's educational and emotional needs in what, for many kids, is their first outdoor experience. We use the "heart and the head" method of environmental education where children make an emotional connection to nature first followed by an intellectual connection to the natural world.

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Our standards-based outdoor school curricula revolve around innovative STEM practices, including scientific inquiry, community partnerships and applied learning.

Our campus is Camp Greider west of Salem, offering an educationally rich landscape including an Oregon oak grove, Douglas fir forest, pond and meadows.

Outdoor school is an overnight science education experience located at Camp Greider. Camp Greider is located in the hills west of Salem. It features a lodge and kitchen with an educationally rich landscape including an Oregon oak grove, Douglas fir forest, a tadpole pond and meadows.

Outdoor school dates:
Spring 2018: May 15 – 17 | May 22 – 24 |  May 29 — 31

Who is eligible:  4th- and 5th-grade classrooms and homeschool groups

What SEC provides: All standards-based environmental studies curriculum planning and instruction plus overnight accommodations for two nights and all meals, except lunch the first day.

Curriculum:  Our outdoor school curricula revolves around innovative STEM practices, which include scientific inquiry, community partnerships and applied learning.

Our approach:  Each outdoor school session serves one classroom at a time for three days and two nights. We work on a small scale so we can keep the student-to-instructor ratio low and ensure that the learning experience is of the highest quality for the students.

Where: Camp Greider is located in the hills west of Salem. It features a lodge and kitchen with an educationally rich landscape including an Oregon oak grove, Douglas fir forest, pond and meadows.

Cost: $85 per person per night including adult chaperones. No charge for classroom teacher. Limit of 5 adult chaperones. $80 per person per night if full amount for the class is paid at least three months prior to outdoor school.

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