Outdoor Science School at Camp Namanu - 5 Days

Topic(s) Covered
Ecology, Geology, Botany, Zoology
Groups up to 150 people
$245 Per Person
Grade Level(s)
1st — 12th
5 days
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Ferns in the Pacific Northwest

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):
Aquatic Ecology
Forest Ecology
Student-Driven Research Projects

Interest Groups (90 minutes each day):
Early Oregon Studies
Mammal Studies
Owl Pellet Dissection
Team Challenge

Evening Programs:
Bat Slide Show
Environmental Forum
Night Hike
Predator and Prey
Science Fair
*Cost is per person and includes one OMSI educator for every 15 students, program coordination, lodging, meals, 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.

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