We operate under a sliding scale tuition model based on Free and Reduced Lunch percentages to ensure that students of all backgrounds are able to experience outdoor school in the Opal Creek Wilderness. Tuition subsidies are sponsored by our generous supporters. Tuition fees include instruction, lodging, and meals beginning with dinner on the first day and culminating with lunch on the final day. Schools whose Free and Reduced Lunch program data is not publicly available will be asked to submit documentation.
|Student cost (per night)||Chaperone cost (per night)||Teacher cost (per night)|
|Grade school, 0-25% free and reduced lunch||$80||$85||1 teacher per class at no charge|
|Grade school, 26-50% free and reduced lunch||$65||$70||1 teacher per class at no charge|
|Grade school, 51-100% free and reduced lunch||$55||$65||1 teacher per class at no charge|
|University and adult groups||$85||$85||1 leader per class at no charge|
On July 7, 2017, the Oregon legislature approved a budget of $24 million over the next two years for OSU Extension’s new statewide Outdoor School fund. Funds will be available for the 2017-2018 school year. Applications must be submitted at the district level. Learn more about the funding process and timeline on the OSU Extension website.
Private or home-schooled? Funding is available through the Gray Family Foundation for organizations not eligible for state funding. Proposals are due at the beginning of each quarter, starting October 1, 2017. See the full Request for Proposals here.
To book please contact our registrar AnaCapri at (503) 892-2782 or by email. Please be aware that upon booking a field trip to Opal Creek, you are agreeing to our reservation policies, available here.
Please note that our site is not ADA-accredited. Cabins 4 and 5 and the commissary are ADA-accessible, and we have a portable ramp to assist students in accessing the lodge. However our pathways are not paved and students with limited mobility will need extra assistance to make their way around Jawbone Flats.
The entire staff was amazing–they all went out of their way to make everyone feel special. They were sunshine in the rain.
–John, chaperone, Paisley Distance Learning Program