Outdoor Science School at Camp Kiwanilong - 5 Days

Availability
Sep-Nov and Feb-May
Groups up to 90 people
Cost
$260 Per Person for Apr-May
$245 Per Person for Feb-Mar & Sep-Nov
Grade Level(s)
K — 12th
Season
Spring, Autumn
Duration
5 days
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Experience a one-of-a-kind, completely customized science learning opportunity. OMSI offers varied curricula for grades K–12. OMSI staff can tailor the program to a particular concept or benchmark of your choice. It’s an experience your students will never forget. 1-day, 2-day, 3-day, and 4-day programs also available.

A typical day begins with an early morning walk and breakfast, followed by five hours of field study to get up close and personal with your customized topics. It’s back to camp in the early afternoon for a little rest and relaxation, followed by 90-minute interest groups, which allow students to delve deeper into more focused topics ranging from marine mammals to survival skills. Students then unwind with free time and a home-cooked meal, followed by an evening program of your choice, which might include a tide pool slide show or night hike. Each day ends with the time-honored tradition of songs and skits around the campfire.

Just a two–hour drive from Portland and adjacent to the 3,700 acre Fort Stevens State Park, Camp Kiwanilong features a 2.5 mile trail that winds from the dining hall to the ocean shore. Students can explore lush coastal forests, murky marshes and sandy beaches. The rich cultural heritage of the area, including Fort Stevens, Fort Clatsop and the Peter Iredale shipwreck, offers students a chance to explore some of the most important events in Oregon’s history.

OMSI program staff will work with you to create an experience tailored to your students’ interests and your teaching goals. Curriculum offerings include:

Field Studies (5 Hours Each Full Day):
Aquatic Ecology
Coastal Ecology
Student-Driven Research projects
Tide Pooling (Tide dependent and groups must provide their own transportation)

Interest Groups (90 minutes each day):
Early Oregon Studies
Marine Mammals
Orienteering
Shark Ecology
Squid Dissection
Survival
Team Challenge

Evening Programs:
Eco-jeopardy
Environmental Forum
Tsunamis in Cascadia
Night Hike
Predator and Prey
Science Fair
Tide Pool Slide Show
*Cost is per person and includes one OMSI educator for every 15 students, program coordination, lodging, meals, pre- and post-materials, and field study equipment. Groups provide transportation, chaperones at a 1:8 ratio and lunch on the first day. Ask us about 2-day, 4-day or single-day program options and pricing.

A minimum of 2 weeks' advance notice is required for all registration requests. If you have questions, please contact us at 503.797.4661 or register@omsi.edu.

Standards Addressed
Standards addressed vary by curriculum options chosen. Ask for more details.