Northwest Outdoor Science School (NOSS) is program of Northwest Regional Education Service District (NWRESD) under the Instructional Services umbrella.
Founded in 1969, Northwest Outdoor Science School provides an equitable and inclusive place-based education program to 5th or 6th grade students across Oregon during their 4 day, 3 night stay at one of our amazing sites.
Students are immersed in fun, hands-on, educational experiences that connect them to the natural world. Each fall and spring we contract with Oregon youth camps to provide comfortable and safe living facilities that are immersed in spaces where students can learn about natural science. Our program serves approximately 10,000 students (100+ schools across 25+ districts).
We have an amazing team of instructional staff who are employed to ensure a rich, 24-hour living experience where students and teachers can explore field studies in our forests, streams, beaches, and fields. In addition to trained adult staff, approximately 1,800 high school students and recent graduates are selected and trained each year to serve as Student Leaders .
Students learn and practice how to investigate, measure and report discoveries in natural science in the outdoors while participating in hands-on, interactive and experiential activities that are taught mostly in small groups. Our fun field study activities are designed to teach students about natural science and conservation.