(Umatilla National Forest) — It was a typical spring day in the mountains of eastern Oregon – some sunshine and some rain — on Friday, April 29 when a group of about 30 people gathered at the site of the Outdoor School program.
The crowd made the trek to the U.S. Forest Service’s Buck Creek Cabins/Corporation facility to celebrate the 50 sessions of Pendleton School District’s Outdoor School (ODS) program, marking more than five decades of teaching sixth-grade students in the wilderness of the Umatilla National Forest.
Since the early 1970s, Pendleton sixth graders have ventured to the ODS site on the banks of the Umatilla River to apply skills developed in the classroom to real-life situations found in the natural environment. The Pendleton Outdoor School Program and Intermountain Education Service District (IMESD) collaborated on the celebration, inviting former ODS campers, counselors, field study volunteers, teachers, and community supporters.
At the celebration, two events occurred: a Flagpole Dedication Ceremony and a Building Dedication Ceremony.