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Outdoor Science School at the Coastal Discovery Center - 3 Days

Outdoor Science School
Type & Format
3 days
Grade Level
Earth + Space, Life
Spring, Autumn

Experience a unique, hands-on learning opportunity! OMSI operates outdoor school at three regional sites: The Coastal Discovery Center at Camp Gray and Hancock Field Station in the spring and fall, and Camp Meriwether in the spring. Groups provide transportation to and from site, chaperones at a one-to-eight ratio, and lunch for the first day. OMSI provides varied curricula for grades K-12, presented by professional educators in outdoor environments, homemade meals, and comfortable accommodations for overnight groups. Groups can choose between day trips and overnight programs ranging from one to five days.

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.

The Coastal Discovery Center at Camp Gray, located in the inspiring science hub of Newport, Oregon, is the brand new home of our longstanding coastal education programs. Nestled between the expansive dunes of South Beach and Yaquina Bay, there are numerous opportunities to explore the wide range of ecosystems on the Oregon Coast. On a walk straight from the cabin door to the beach, students can investigate the connections between ocean currents, geology, and ecological adaptation to better understand the web of life that depends on our one world-wide ocean.

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):
Coastal Ecology
Beach Debris Survey
Wind, Water and Waves
Student-Driven Research projects
Tide Pooling (Tide dependent and groups must provide their own transportation)

Interest Groups (90 minutes each day):
Coastal Birds
Early Oregon Studies
Marine Mammals
Shark Ecology
Skulls, Skins and Bones
Squid Dissection
Team Challenge
Tsunami Survival
Weather and Climate

Evening Programs:
Environmental Forum
Night Hike
Predator and Prey
Tide Pool Slide Show
Tsunamis in Cascadia

*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.

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



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OMSI Supports educators in fulfilling NGSS requirements by providing corresponding programming, opportunities, and resources for them and their students. To learn more about specific ways in which OMSI programs align with and fulfill science standards reach out to the Inbound Sales team at 503-797-4661.