The Northwest Outdoor Science School (NOSS)has been operating residential Outdoor Science School programs for elementary and high school students since 1969. We have served over 180,000 students in our programs. NOSS programs take place at various camp locations in Northwest Oregon and serve students from throughout the state. All of our programs require staff to live on-site in a camp setting Monday – Friday. Our programs are seasonal, typically running mid September – mid November and againg March – May.
NOSS Outdoor Science Schools typically serve 100 – 120 students per week per site. Site staff consist of a Site Supervisor, 3-4 Field Instructors, 4 Program Leaders and an RN. We recuit high school students to live in cabins with the elementary students. The high school students also take a very active role in the Field Studies, leading small groups of students through a variety of environmental education activities. The high school students arrive on-site 24 hours ahead of the elementary students for training.
NOSS staff work very closely with high school students, teaching them how to manage students in the cabins (i.e. the care and feeding of elementary students) as well as how to teach the EE activities in the field.