Catlin Gabel names new outdoor education director

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Dec 7, 2004

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Catlin Gabel names new outdoor education director

School receives $50,000 grant to enhance outdoor ed program

PORTLAND, Ore.—Peter F. Green, the executive director of the Kitzhaber Center at Lewis & Clark Law School and director of Mazamas Youth Program, has been named director of outdoor education at Catlin Gabel School. Green will join the Catlin Gabel staff in January.

Greens appointment marks Catlin Gabel Schools increased commitment to integrating environmental and outdoor education into the overall educational program. In support of the outdoor program, the school was awarded a $50,000 matching grant from the Edward E. Ford Foundation, of Towson, Maryland.

"Outdoor and environmental education allow students to gain self-knowledge in a way not generally available through the normal classroom experience," said Green. "Im gratified by the level of support within the school for this renewed program." His responsibilities will include working with the Upper and Middle School faculty to fully develop the program, incorporate and expand existing activities, provide leadership and expertise, and represent the program to the Catlin Gabel community and beyond.

Peter F. Green has been teaching outdoor skills and leadership to youth for nearly 30 years. An expert on the environment, he has served as natural resources and forestry adviser to Oregon governor John Kitzhaber, and he currently serves as chairman of the state Outdoor Youth Program Advisory Committee. In addition, he leads climbing and hiking trips for Oregon Peak Adventures and was coordinator of the NW Regional Outdoor School Program and program director of Camp NorWester on Lopez Island, Washington. Green is not new to Catlin Gabel School, having led outdoor trips for students in the 1980s and 1990s. Green earned an M.S. in ecology from the University of California–Davis and a B.A. in psychology and environmental studies from Williams College.

Outdoor and environmental education at Catlin Gabel School Outdoor education in one form or another has been part of the Catlin Gabel experience since the school’s inception, and experiential learning—a cornerstone of progressive education—has long been an important part of the schools program. The enhanced outdoor education program, to be offered for grades six through twelve, will bring students into nature for adventure and exercise, combined with lessons in science, problem solving, outdoor competency, discovery of nature, self-exploration, and teamwork. Outward Bound-style trips will challenge students by placing them outside their normal comfort zones, face-to-face with real and perceived risks. During the school year, students may participate in outdoor activities for physical education credit, or join longer trips during breaks. Outdoor experiences at a variety of skill levels will challenge students of all abilities. Eventually the program will include every grade level, along with summer activities for Catlin Gabel students and children from the community at large.

Catlin Gabel School is an independent, coeducational day school dedicated to academic excellence, individualized attention, multiculturalism, and lifelong learning. Situated on a 52-acre wooded campus in Portland, Oregon, Catlin Gabel offers its 700 students an enriched curriculum blending science, math, humanities, the arts, athletics, and a strong sense of community to students in preschool through twelfth grade. The school is fully accredited, and is independently governed by a board of trustees as a nonprofit institution without tax support or religious affiliation.