Meet OMSI Outdoor Instructors on location for the hands-on interactive programming that makes OMSI Outdoor Science School so popular. Schools are responsible for transportation to and from sites, as well as lunch. Programs are typically 6 hours in length.
Mount St. Helens
Explore the remnants of past eruptions at Mount St. Helens. Walk in the lava tubes of Ape Caves, see the lava trees of the Trail of Two Forests, and examine the layers of the Lahar Viewpoint to discuss how eruptions from the past are connected to those of the future. Look at images of the past thirty years to understand forest succession through plant identification and soil profiles.
Maximum 150 participants • grades 5– 12
Available September, October, June
The rocky shores of the Oregon Coast are an amazing place to learn about taxonomy and adaptations. Meet OMSI instructors at the tide pools and let them guide your students’ explorations. Discover how mussels attach to rocks and sea anemones feed. There are multiple locations where instructors can meet you for a day at the coast. This program is dependent upon the tide; contact OMSI for possible program dates.
Maximum 80 participants • Grades k–12
Available September - November, April - June
Hike the beautiful Columbia River Gorge with an OMSI naturalist! Learn geology basics like plate tectonics, rock cycle, erosion, and deposition through magnificent Northwest events in geologic history. The class will focus on the formation of the Cascade Mountain Range, the Columbia River Basalts, and the awesome Missoula Floods.
Maximum 45 participants • Grades 5– 12
Available September - November, March - June
One great feature of Outdoor Science School is the amount of choice you have in designing an outdoor experience that works for your particular interests and styles. For example, for each day of your visit, you choose field study topics, including cultural history, ecological mapping techniques, and many others. You also select from a long list of interest groups, which are short classes that meet after field study. Topics include paleontology field techniques, spiders and insects, and aquatic study. Evening programs occur between dinner and campfire and run the gamut from a slide show about bats to Eco-Jeopardy.
One OMSI educator for every 15 students, program coordination, lodging, meals, pre-and post-materials, and field equipment.
Groups provide transportation, chaperones at a 1:8 ratio, and lunch on the first day.