The curriculum at Outdoor School has the students participating in three major field study stations, Water, Plants, and Fire in addition to several other mini study areas that meet Oregon State Science and Common Core State Standards. The plant field study area, students learn to identify common trees and plants through the use of dichotomous keys and field books, gain an understanding of the diverse ecosystems within a forest area and explore photosynthesis. In Water Study they test the pH, Dissolved Oxygen and turbidity to determine lake health, study macro-invertebrates living in Dark Lake and the delicate balance within this ecosystem. The Fire Study teaches students about the effect of fire on the ecosystem and have a first hand look at what effects the B&B Complex fire had on the plants and animals around Camp Tamarack.
Community building is also a significant part of Outdoor School: Family style meals, flag ceremonies, sharing cabins, tree planting ceremonies, recreation time and campfire skits all help the kids to build relationships with one another and to cement friendships. Our belief is that the kids leave Outdoor School with a better appreciation of the environment they live in, what their impact can be on it and a stronger sense of empowerment from the skills they learned during their time at Outdoor School.
Thank you to all those who have supported Carly’s Kids and have helped to send these kids on this adventure. Donations are always welcome and greatly appreciated and will be used to help us continue to send kids to camp!!