6th Grade Outdoor Curriculum and Trips

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With the goal of exposing Middle School students early and often to practical outdoor skills, as well as wonderful experiences in the mountains, rivers, and shores of Oregon, the Catlin Outdoor Program offers outdoor curriculum and trips to 6th grade students throughout their first year in the Middle School.  On-campus outdoor curriculum reaches the entire 6th grade class, and often occurs during the afternoons of service days.  Topics covered in these sessions include: Oregon geography; shelter and tent construction; stoves, fire building and cooking; how to dress in the outdoors; as well as time on the Challenge Course.  These fun and practical lessons prepare students for future experiential learning opportunities, including Outdoor Program trips and their class trip to Cape Arago.

In addition to on-campus curriculum, the program offers optional outdoor excursions open only to students in the 6th grade.  In the past, trips have included overnight yurt trips to the coast, snowshoeing to Lower Twin Lakes, an overnight camping trip to a local farm, and hiking trips into the Columbia River Gorge.  Click here to see all upcoming trip offerings. Below are some photos from some of our 6th grade adventures!