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Outdoor Education Adventure (OEA) Programs focus on teaching outdoor science through games and guided inquiry, allowing each participant to come to nature on their own terms. Our staff have a broad range of knowledge about the natural world, and are always looking for teachable moments to engage learners and to cultivate a sense of wonder and curiosity.

For a list of our usual offerings, open and scroll through the “Programs” tab above.

Age Limits

You may notice some overlap in our program ages; this is because not every child develops at the same rate as their peers. Parents considering registering children who are at the cross between one age group and another should consider not just their child’s age, but also maturity level.

Registrants must be fully potty-trained and pretty self-sufficient in using the bathroom (though we have been known to give lessons in backcountry elimination techniques and etiquette). We will help with handwashing, but we are not set up to change diapers.

For more information about OEA’s mission, history, Board of Directors, and staff, click here.

Questions? Contact us!

Program payments are due no later than two weeks prior to the start of the program. Failure to make a payment or a payment plan may result in the cancellation of your reservation. If you need to make alternative payment arrangements or request tuition assistance please review the options mentioned below. Check payments may be mailed to Outdoor Education Adventures,1382 NW Countryside Court, McMinnille, OR 97128.

Tuition assistance: Need payment options or tuition assistance? Please go to our Payment Options page, which includes a link to a Tuition Adjustment Request.

Follow these links for our Camp Forms and Policies and Health & Safety Plan.

Extended Care Options: Due to a lack of registration for this service, we are no longer offering extended care.

Not seeing a program that meets your needs or preference? Please let us know. We are open to considering adding more programs if we have the capacity to do so safely. We are keeping tabs on what the public schools are doing and trying to develop programs that will coordinate with public school schedules and meet the wishes and needs of families. We cannot guarantee we will be able to accommodate your request, but we do appreciate hearing from you.

 

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Read Below for Program Descriptions

Maple Grove Nature Preschool

An Outdoor Education Adventure for Early Childhood

We are full! Please contact us with questions or to be added to a waitlist. 

Child playing with tree roundsServing ages 3.5 – 5.5

Maple Grove is an early childhood program that takes place solely outdoors. Licensed teacher Heidi Hoskins’ curriculum is rooted in nature and emerges out of the children’s natural curiosity and wonder as they freely play and explore their environment. Through connection with each other, and the earth, children’s experience blossoms into a holistic learning experience.

Full-time and part-time options available  Monday-Friday, 9:00am-1:00pm

Learn more on our Maple Grove Page.

To inquire about enrollment and to apply, please click the button below. By filling out the form you are not enrolling your child. Your application will be reviewed and you will be notified within a week of your application as to whether or not your child has been accepted.

Please contact us with questions.

Maple Grove Nature Preschool Application for Enrollment

WILDERNESS EXPLORERS CLUB

Outdoor Adventures for Older Kids

Girls orienteering Are your older kids ready to take on more responsibility for themselves while they stretch their desire for a little more freedom? Are they ready to learn survival skills and heighten their sense of awareness? Do you want them to get off of their screens and have some real-world adventures? Then it’s time to register for the Wilderness Explorers Club.

Youth will engage in one club meeting and one full day adventure each month from September through December. The meetings and adventures will take place in natural areas around the county and within a roughly one-hour drive of McMinnville. These excursions will provide participants opportunities to explore and practice using skills and knowledge shared during the previous adventures and club meeting. Meetings will take place at the beginning or end of the full day adventures. During the meetings youth will make decisions about activities or projects they wish to engage in as a group and will be introduced to awareness and wilderness survival skills.

Ages: 11-15 years

Full day Club Adventures & Meetings: Saturdays 9:00 am – 4:30 pm (usually)

  • September 10th – 12th: Camp Out for last year’s WEC participants only – Location TBD
  • October 2nd: Salmon River Hatchery and VanDuzer Corridor OPRD Rest Area, Otis
  • November 6th: Mushroom and Other Wild Foods Foraging – Location TBD
  • December 4th: Snow Day – Location TBD

OUTDOOR SCIENCE EXPLORERS

Girl looking through magnifier The Outdoor Science Explorers Program is a great way for kids to spend some time outside after school, exploring, playing and learning in nature. Kids will engage in activities and games that strengthen their observational skills, build self reliance and social skills, and increase their knowledge of local plants, animals, and ecosystems.

Drop-off begins 15 minutes before listed start time; please pick-up within 15 minutes of listed end time.

Ages: 5-10 

We are still taking registrations for Fall 2021.

Click on the links below to register:

Mondays at Miller Woods, Sep 13th – Oct 25th 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Wednesdays at Wennerberg, Sep 15th – Oct 27th 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Fridays at Maple Grove Nature School, Sep 17th – Oct 22nd 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm

No School Day Adventure Camps

Kids sitting on a logOh the sites and smells of fall … Cool mornings giving way to warm afternoons, the rains return and with them mushrooms, mosses, slugs, and salamanders! Yep, it’s generally wet and muddy, but kids have a great time searching for and learning about all of the animals that are returning to the area as well as the plants that are fattening themselves up before the winter to come. As always we will spend time playing games, exploring, and making discoveries.

Ages: 5-10 years

Times: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Click here to register for any of the dates below

October 8th – Statewide Teacher In-Service; Location: either Planet to People outside of Carlton or Metsker County Park, McMinnville

October 28th & 29th – McMinnville School District Parent/Teacher Conferences; Location: Miller Woods

November 12th – McMinnville Grading Day; Location: Miller Woods

 

SPRING BREAK CAMP

Kids observing a rough-skinned newt

Spring Break Adventure Camp is two days of exploring the early spring forest and fields. Yep, it’s generally wet and muddy, but kids have a
great time searching for and learning about all of the animals that are returning to the area as well as the plants that are just waking up after a cold winter. We will spend a little time learning about, searching for and collecting some of the edible plants that grow around Miller Woods. As always we will spend time playing games, exploring, and making discoveries.

Ages: 5-10 years | 2022 Dates will be announced November 30th

Jr Naturalist Program

Teen assistant teaching kidsThis program is perfect for the young teen who loves the camp experience and wants to share that love with younger kids. Jr Naturalists will participate in a camp-like training day where they will learn about local ecology, play and lead camp games, and build leadership skills. Their training and mentoring will continue as they help OEA staff run a week of summer camp for kids ages 5-10.

Participants need to submit an application and be available for the training day.

Ages: 12-15 

2022 training dates and summer camp information will be announced November 30th.

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Summer Day Camps

Kids sitting on a log over a creekEach day of summer camp is structured to encourage curiosity, creative thinking, and exploration and is filled with a mix of free exploration and guided activities. 

Each week of camp has a different theme. While we will plan activities centered around the theme there will still be plenty of time playing games and exploring. 

NEW for 2021: Expanded participant ages! Most of our summer camps have been split into three cohorts:

  • Seedlings for 4 – 6.5 year olds who have not yet completed 1st grade
  • Sprouts for 6.5 – 9 year olds who are entering 2nd grade through kids entering 4th grade
  • Saplings for 9 – 12 year olds who are entering 5th grade through kids entering 7th grade 

Summer 2022 dates will be announced November 30th.

Personalized Outdoor Science Experience

Teacher showing kids plantsAre you looking for an outdoor experience customized to meet the needs of your group? Whether it is an adult group of friends looking to learn a little more about the natural world or a group of kids of any age who want a little guided outdoor time we have naturalist educators ready to create a nature enrichment opportunity for you.

Group sizes are currently capped at ten participants and masks are required.

Contact us to design your nature experience!