Straub's outdoor school is unique.

We pack more outdoor instructional time in each day than any other program we know - but not without plenty of time for quiet reflection and self-directed exploration. Each outdoor school session serves one 4th, 5th, or 6th grade classroom at a time. 

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 natural science education where children make an emotional connection to nature firstfollowed by an intellectual connection to the natural world.

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

Our campus is the Great Outdoors in the Willamette Valley, offering an educationally rich landscape including Oregon oak groves, Douglas fir forests, ponds and meadows.

We offer two, unique outdoor school experiences: Nature Academy and Nature Scouts


Outdoor School: Nature Academy

Nature Academy is an overnight natural science education experience located at Camp Greider. Camp Greider is based in the hills west of Salem, featuring a lodge and kitchen and an educationally rich and diverse landscape. Each Nature Academy session serves one classroom at a time for three days and two nights. 

Who is eligible:                                                                                                                                4th-, 5th-, and 6th-grade classrooms and home-school groups. 20 student minimum. 

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

Curriculum:  Our Nature Academy curriculum revolves around innovative STEAM practices, which include scientific inquiry, community partnerships and applied learning.

Where: Camp Greider, located in the hills west of Salem.

Cost:  $110 per student  and $80 per chaperone. No charge for classroom teacher. Limit of 4 adult chaperones. Pricing reflects the total cost for the full three days and two nights. 

Contact us:  For Nature Academy inquiries and more information e-mail education@straubcenter.org or call 503-779-5227. 

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Outdoor School: Nature Scouts

Nature Scouts is a series of three day field trips (one day per three consecutive weeks) to one local natural area. It is designed as an educational alternative or preview to our overnight outdoor school experience: Nature Academy. We offer two, educationally rich site options for our Nature Scouts experience. Willamette Mission State Park, located north of Keizer and North Santiam State Park, located east of Salem. Each Nature Scouts series serves one classroom at a time

Who is eligible:                                                                                                                                        4th-, 5th-, and 6th-grade classrooms and home-school groups. 20 student minimum.     

What SEC provides: All standards-based natural science curriculum, planning and instruction. Please bring your own sack lunches for students and chaperones. 

Curriculum: Our Nature Scouts curriculum revolves around innovative STEAM practices, which include scientific inquiry, community partnerships and applied learning.

Where: Willamette Mission State Park, located north of Keizer or North Santiam State Park, located east of Salem.

Cost: $95 per student. No charge for chaperones or classroom teacher. Limit of 4 adult chaperones. Pricing reflects the total cost for the full three day series. 

Contact us: For Nature Scouts inquiries and more information e-mail education@straubcenter.org or call 503-779-5227.                                             

 

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