Biodiversity Arts Outdoor School

Biodiversity Arts Outdoor School

Biodiversity Arts Outdoor School hosts full-day and overnight outdoor school programs from April through October.

As an outdoor school provider, we value and are committed to the principles of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. In providing an outdoor school experience for the students of our community, we are committed to removing historical and systemic barriers to participation in our program. We seek to remove these barriers to participation, by creating a safe and inclusive learning environment which respects the diverse experiences of our staff and students. At outdoor school we foster an environment where students feel comfortable expressing themselves, their creativity and learn to their fullest potential.

At Biodiversity Arts Outdoor School you will find:

Natural classrooms–We have access to several outdoor mountain, valley, creekside and forest sites to meet the specific needs of each school group. Choices of sites include:  The Cascade Siskiyou National Monument, The Oregon Extension, The Klamath Outdoor Science School, and Camp Latgawa.

Comfortable accomodations–Each school group can choose from these four possible host sites, each of which have years of experience hosting educationally-oriented groups:  The Oregon Extension (for groups of 20 to 40 students), The Klamath Outdoor Science School (for groups of 30 to 70 students), and Camp Latgawa (for 50 to 100 students).

Teaching Staff–Our on-site instructors are experienced camp program directors, environmental educators, field biologists, and artists who all have a passion for integrating Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math as they base their lesson plans on the natural landscape.

Custom curricula – We work with you to customize each program to best suit the educational focus of your group. All of our curriculum is designed to meet NGSS standards for 5th and 6th grade classes.

Curriculum options include: Stream Ecology, Northwest Geology, Climate Science, Meteorology, Realistic Drawing, Field Sketching, Watercolor Landscapes, Natural Sculpture, Cultural History, and Wildlife Ecology.

The main goal of Biodiversity Arts Outdoor School is that each student will blossom with learning and growth. All visits begin with various exciting games in which students meet the school staff and each other, together creating a fun, safe atmosphere. After introductions, students and staff get right into field study. Each day is balanced between intense outdoor learning and nutritious meals. If students are staying overnight, their experiences are complemented by choices of a variety of art, drama and recreational activities after dinner.


Deb Van Poolen,541-973-9037

Biodiversity Arts Outdoor School Director

Drawing Trees with Deb Van Poolen
At Biodiversity Arts Outdoor School, students receive profound inspiration during their miraculous time in the natural world.

As artist Deb Van Poolen teaches at Biodiversity Arts Outdoor School, she draws from wisdom gained in 25 years of teaching art in outdoor settings.

Deb Van Poolen Art & Ecology Classes
At Biodiversity Arts Outdoor School, students roam freely in beautiful spaces, reflecting on natural history with words, sculptures and paints.

Importance of an Outdoor School Program, from Deb Van Poolen, Biodiversity Arts Outdoor School Director

Outdoor Schools combine so many of life’s most wonderful things: clean air, invigoratingly activities, fantastic subject matter, integration of art into scientific study, and deepening meaningful friend-to-friend and teacher-to-friend relationships.  We would love to have you join us for an unforgettable learning experience!