Outdoor Science School at Hancock Field Station - 5 Days

Sep-Oct and Mar-Jun
Groups up to 100 people

Registration for Spring 2017 opens October 5, 2016 at 8:00am
$260 Per Person for Apr-June
$245 Per Person for Sep-Oct
Grade Level(s)
1st — 12th
Spring, Autumn
5 days
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Students exploring areas around Hancock Field Station

Experience a one-of-a-kind, completely customized science learning opportunity. OMSI offers varied curricula for grades 1–12. OMSI staff can tailor the program to a particular concept or benchmark of your choice with living ecosystems and fresh air as teaching tools. It’s an experience your students will never forget. 5-day, 3-day, and single overnight programs are available.

Students are led by professional OMSI educators, in groups of 15, on 5-hour Field Study lessons and 1.5-hour Interest Group activities where they get up-close and personal with your customized topics. In between, there is time for rest and relaxation in cabins, and free-play recreation time. Days are packed full, from an optional walk before breakfast to an Evening Program and campfire after dinner. They walk away with hands-on experience with the science concepts of your choice, as well as the memories of exploring with their peers and their parents in the outdoors.

Hancock Field Station, located in the Clarno Unit of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument in central Oregon, has access to one of the world’s most significant fossil sites, nearby canyons, archaeology sites, and the John Day River. 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. Clear night skies in late fall and early spring provide the opportunity for astronomy programming.

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):
Archaeology/Cultural History
Arid Lands Ecology
Ecological Mapping Techniques
Fossils in Fossil
Stream/Riparian Ecology

Off-Site Ecology Hikes:
Cove Creek Canyon
Robinson Canyon

Interest Groups (90 minutes each day):
Avian Study
Early Oregon Skills
Fossil Study
Insects And Spiders
Leave No Trace
Renewable Energy
Reptiles and Amphibians
Rocks and Minerals
Skulls, Skins and Bones
Team Challenge
Weather and Climate

Evening Programs:
Astronomy Slide Show
Bat Slide Show
Birds of Prey
Environmental Forum
Evening Walk
Hancock Trivia
Night Hike
Observational Astronomy
*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.

Registration for Spring 2017 opens October 5, 2016 at 8:00am

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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