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, 4-day and 5-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 reptiles and amphibians to the formation of fossils. 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.
Proximity to the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument is ideal for studying geology and paleontology. In the nearby sedimentary rock formations, the fossil record unlocks the geological history and evolution of life and climate in Oregon. Juniper-sage grasslands provide excellent locations to study arid lands ecology, while the nearby Pine Creek Conservation Area gives students the chance to study stream ecology. Clear night skies in late fall and early spring provide the opportunity for astronomy programming. The entire area around Hancock Field Station is rich in cultural 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):*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.gov.
Arid Lands Ecology
Ecological Mapping Techniques
Fossils in Fossil
Off-Site Ecology Hikes:
Cove Creek Canyon
Interest Groups (90 minutes each day):
Aquatic Study/Water Quality
Insects And Spiders
Leave No Trace
Reptiles and Amphibians
Rocks and Minerals
Skulls, Skins and Bones
Weather and Climate
Astronomy Slide Show
Bat Slide Show
Birds of 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.