Today, only 26% of kids play outside, and that percentage continues to decrease. However, direct contact with nature is important to social, physical, emotional, and intellectual development. Each year, our programs help more than 400 youth learn about this amazing place and connect to the outdoors. Studies have shown that hands-on, outside learning works; local schools' state science scores have increased since we started these programs. Get involved today with our youth programs and see for yourself how much they can help!
We provide outside learning opportunities for schools and after school that incorporate visual, auditory, and kinesthetic processes. Kids participate in hands-on learning and research, teaching them critical thinking skills. Our programs include:
Our youth programs engage kids by using Wallowa County's varied landscape as our ‘living’ classroom. When kids actually walk the land as they learn about it, it plants the seed of stewardship. Our goals are: