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MESD Outdoor School




Outdoor School is a residential week long environmental education program that serves approximately 9000 sixth grade students from schools in Multnomah and Clackamas Counties. We run our program for six weeks in the fall and eight weeks (during April and May) each spring. Sixth grade students in this area have the opportunity to attend Outdoor School with their class and learn science in a hands-on way. 

 We use high school students as mentors, teachers and cabin leaders and we use adult inclusion volunteers (usually college aged students) to help support sixth grade students who have specific needs to be included with their peers while they attend a full week at one of our six Outdoor School sites. They would spend six days and five nights, living on site supporting 6th grade students with physical, social/emotional, behavioral or intellectual disabilities. The college students would have the support of our site staff while they work to include students in all the academic field studies areas, cabin time and other Outdoor School activities.

Our spring session we need volunteers each week. Week 1-April 5-10, Week 2-April 13-17, Week 3-April 19-24, Week 4 April 26-May 1, Week 5- May 3-8, Week 6-May 10-15, Week 7-May 17-22 and Week 8, May 25-29th.

If you can volunteer please email or call 503-257-1607.

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