Gray Family Foundation Outdoor School

Launching an Outdoor School Program

In November 2016, Oregon became the first state in the country to fund a full week of outdoor education with the passage of Measure 99. In July 2017, Governor Kate Brown signed into law a bill providing $24M in funding for the next biennium to support fifth- or sixth-grade students to attend outdoor school. Oregon State University Extension (OSU-Extension) is tasked with allocating these funds to support this statewide program through grant awards to school districts and education service districts (ESDs). To learn more about these programmatic funds, please visit OSU-Extension’s outdoor school site at

Despite the availability of programmatic funds, Gray Family Foundation recognizes that not all schools and communities are prepared or eligible to directly apply for programmatic funding from OSU-Extension. The Foundation’s Launching an Outdoor School Program seeks to increase the capacity of schools and outdoor school providers to deliver high-quality outdoor school experiences to all Oregon fifth- or sixth-grade students.

Learn more at the Gray Family Foundation.