Biodiversity Arts Outdoor School

Biodiversity Arts Outdoor School

Biodiversity Arts Outdoor School hosts full-day and overnight outdoor school programs throughout the entire school year, September through May. Due to pending COVID-induced restrictions on school activities, our program is preparing to meet your students wherever we can.  We will use all CDC-recommended social distancing protocols to ensure the safety of the students and staff. 

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 and staff together create a fun atmosphere of deep learning. After introductions, everyone gets right into various exciting outdoor activities.  Each day includes intense learning which integrates art and ecology, as well as recreational activities.

At Biodiversity Arts Outdoor School you will find:

Natural classrooms–At Biodiversity Arts Outdoor School’s overnight operational site of Camp Latgawa, we have access to various natural settings, including meadows, creeks and forested areas. If you prefer we come to your school site, utilizing its outdoor natural settings or nearby parks, we are happy to adjust our activities so that students still receive classic outdoor school experiential learning of important scientific knowledge. At our program that learning will be enhanced by expert artistic instruction with ample space for students to express their scientific understandings through art. 

Teaching Staff–Our on-site instructors are experienced environmental educators, field biologists, and artists who all have a passion for integrating science and art and as they base their lesson plans on the natural landscape.

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

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

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Statement

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 and their creativity.

Daily Schedule of Overnight Camps
7:00 Wake-Up.
7:30 Stretching and Singing
7:45 Breakfast
8:30 Chants and Chores
9:00 Find Your Field Study Friends
9:15 Field Study
10:45 Snack
11:00 Response to Field Study Creation Time
12:30 Lunch
1:00 Chants and Chores
1:30 Find Your Field Study Friends
1:45 Field Study
3:15 Snack
3:30 Response to Field Study Creation Time
5:00 Dinner
5:45 Relaxing and Recreating
6:30 Skits, Songs and Sculptures
7:30 Campfire and Daily Closure
8:45 Head to Bed
9:15 Lights out


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 deep, meaningful friend-to-friend and teacher-to-friend relationships.  We would love to have you join us for an unforgettable learning experience!