OOEC Beginnings

Since our inception in 2014, the OOEC’s most significant achievement has been our success in securing state funding for a full week of Outdoor School for every student in fifth or sixth grade, no matter their zip code, background or ability.

  • In the 2015 legislative session, the OOEC championed the passage of the historic Outdoor School bill (SB 439). Although the legislature passed SB 439 without the requested funding, the bill succeeded in creating the structure, framework and management system for the first-ever statewide Outdoor School grant and assistance program.
  • The next phase of this effort was the campaign to secure the necessary public funding for outdoor school programs via the November 2016 ballot initiative, led by the Outdoor School for All campaign and supported by the OOEC.
  • Oregon voters passed Measure 99 with 67% of the vote.

Other vital accomplishments include:

  • Recruiting a Steering Committee of 29 members representing a diverse cross-section of Oregon organizations and residents from a wide variety of backgrounds
  • Tracking and compiling extensive research on the positive, varied, long-term effects of residential outdoor education on participants
  • Creating a database of elected officials and education leaders for use by our partners and activists
  • Laying the groundwork for a future where outdoor education is fully-funded by conducting and compiling additional research on outdoor education programs, schools, camps and outdoor education facilities
  • Engaging and stewarding individuals, corporations, nonprofit organizations, grantmakers and community leaders to fund and promote the mission and goals of OOEC
  • Creating regional hubs and a statewide grassroots network of over 1,000 activists committed to our mission
  • Conducting statewide public outreach meetings to obtain community feedback, raise awareness and build enthusiasm among stakeholders in every corner of our state.

We are now working hard, with our partners, to increase opportunities for outdoor education in other ways. Take a look at our current projects here.

 

Together, we will achieve our mission to bring many opportunities for hands-on, place-based outdoor education to all of Oregon's children. Please join us!