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 orienteering to mammal studies. Students then unwind with free time and a home-cooked meal, followed by an evening program of your choice, which might include a bat slide show or night hike. Each day ends with the time-honored tradition of songs and skits around the campfire.
Camp Namanu sits on 552 forested acres along the banks of the Sandy River. Namanu is close to Portland, yet far enough away to allow students a true outdoor science learning experience. Its lowland forests provide an environment that is similar to those found throughout the Willamette Valley, allowing students to connect their outdoor science school experience with their home environment. Namanu has heated cabins, a modern dining hall and a covered campfire area which allow for comfortable learning year round.
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):*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. Learn about the Metro Waste Management discount for qualifying schools at oregonmetro.com.
Student-Driven Research Projects
Interest Groups (90 minutes each day):
Early Oregon Studies
Owl Pellet Dissection
Bat Slide Show
Predator and Prey
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Note: For online registration requests, we require a minimum of two weeks’ notice. If your desired date is less than two weeks away or you have questions, please call 503.797.4661.