Straub's outdoor school is unique.

We pack more outdoor instructional time in each day than any other program we know - but not without plenty of time for quiet reflection and self-directed exploration.

We work on this intimate scale to keep the student-to-instructor ratio low and ensure the highest quality learning experience. Our nurturing instructors focus closely on each child's educational and emotional needs in what, for many kids, is their first outdoor experience. We use the "heart and the head" method of natural science education where children make an emotional connection to nature firstfollowed by an intellectual connection to the natural world.

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Our standards-based outdoor school curricula revolve around innovative STEAM practices, including scientific inquiry, community partnerships and applied learning.

Our campus is the Great Outdoors in the Willamette Valley, offering an educationally rich landscape including Oregon oak groves, Douglas fir forests, ponds and meadows.

We offer two, unique outdoor school experiences: Nature Academy and Nature Scouts


Outdoor School: Nature Academy

Nature Academy is an overnight natural science education experience located at Camp Greider or Camp Tadmor. Camp Greider is based in the hills west of Salem. Camp Tadmor is situated on more than 200 acres of forest timberland in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains. Both camps feature a lodge, a kitchen, a dining area, a classroom, and an educationally rich and diverse landscape.

Who is eligible: 5th and 6th-grade classrooms and home-school groups. 20 student minimum 175 student maximum. If you’d like to learn about site-specific capacity, please refer to our Outdoor School Guide for more information.

What we provide: All standards-based natural science curriculum, planning and instruction plus overnight accommodations for two nights and all meals, except lunch the first day.

Curriculum: Our Nature Academy curriculum revolves around innovative STEAM practices, which include scientific inquiry, community partnerships and applied learning. All lessons are aligned with Common Core, NGSS and the Oregon Environmental Literacy Plan and all support the Four Cs of learning innovation.

Where: Camp Greider, located in the hills west of Salem, and Camp Tadmor, located east of Lebanon and at the foothills of the Cascade Mountains.

Cost: Most schools are eligible for state funding, contact us for details. No charge for classroom teacher. Limit of 4 adult chaperones.

Contact us:  For Nature Academy inquiries and more information e-mail info@straubcenter.org or call 503-779-5227. 

More Information: More information on camp specifics, curriculum, and our philosophy is available in our Outdoor School Guide.

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Outdoor School: Nature Scouts

Nature Scouts is a series of three day field trips (one day per three consecutive weeks) to one local natural area. It is designed as an educational alternative or preview to our overnight outdoor school experience: Nature Academy. We offer four, educationally rich site options for our Nature Scouts experience. Willamette Mission State Park (located north of Keizer), North Santiam State Park (located east of Salem), Champoeg State Heritage Area (located north of Woodburn), and Cascadia State Park (located southeast of Salem).

Who is eligible: 5th and 6th-grade classrooms and home-school groups. 20 student minimum and 140 student maximum. If you’d like to learn about site-specific capacity, please refer to our Outdoor School Guide for more information.     

What we provide: All standards-based natural science curriculum, planning and instruction. Please bring your own sack lunches for students and chaperones. 

Curriculum: Our Nature Scouts curriculum revolves around innovative STEAM practices, which include scientific inquiry, community partnerships and applied learning. All lessons are aligned with Common Core, NGSS and the Oregon Environmental Literacy Plan and all support the Four Cs of learning innovation.

Where: Willamette Mission State Park, located north of Keizer or North Santiam State Park, located east of Salem.

Cost: Most schools are eligible for state funding, contact us for details. No charge for chaperones or classroom teacher. Limit of 4 adult chaperones.

Contact us: For Nature Scouts inquiries and more information e-mail info@straubcenter.org or call 503-779-5227.      

More Information: More information on camp specifics, curriculum, and our philosophy is available in our Outdoor School Guide.