Outdoor School
Outdoor School

Where the classroom comes to life!

OUTDOOR EDUCATION AT THE OREGON COAST

Twin Rocks Friends Camp provides an ideal setting for outdoor education programs. Its spectacular natural environs include a lush 80-acre temperate rainforest, a spring-fed lake, a mountain stream, a wetlands boardwalk, and a beautiful Pacific Ocean beach. Tidepools are a short 3-minute bus ride from camp!

At Twin Rocks, this natural setting is combined with spacious meeting rooms, comfortable cabins, and nutritious, kid-friendly meals. As a result, numerous schools – both public and private – hold outdoor schools at Twin Rocks each year.

To top it off, Twin Rocks provides the services of a professionally trained teacher who can, at your request, assist in Twin Rocks-specific lesson planning and/or outdoor classroom instruction.

For specific details about how Twin Rocks might assist your school in setting up or transferring an outdoor education program please contact Emily Sargent at 503.355.2284.

Why Partner with Twin Rocks?
  • Located at the Oregon Coast: 120 Acres to Explore

  • Available Staffing: On-staff outdoor educational experts

  • Delicious Food & Comfortable Lodging: Enough beds and dining space to accommodate 325+ guests. Learn More!

  • Indoor and Outdoor Learning Facilities: 11 indoor meeting facilities with 2 outdoor amphitheaters

  • Assistance with Planning: Curriculum and resource library options

  • A Variety of Class Offerings: Marine Biology, Ecology, Survival Skills, Tide Pool Exploration and many more

  • Team & Character Building Initiatives: Twin Rocks Instructor lead initiatives targeted at cabin size and entire groups

  • Recreation Options: Both indoor and outdoor activities including lakefront activities, miniature golf, extreme swing, hiking, basketball, ping-pong, dodgeball & much more. Learn More!

Classes

Twin Rocks offers a variety of courses for schools to utilize during their program. Each class was developed by a Twin Rocks education specialist to meet Oregon’s science standards and provide students with unique, hands-on experiences. Schools can choose from Twin Rocks curriculum or their own resources, to create a learning experience that fits their needs.

Outdoor School Classes

Most Outdoor School programs at Twin Rocks choose 2-4 class slots per day, depending on the length of classes and other activities incorporated throughout the day. A number of sample schedules are included that can be used as a guide for planning your Outdoor School experience, and a Twin Rocks specialist is available to help with the preplanning process.

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Staffing Outdoor School

Twin Rocks partners with schools to provide solid instruction for all of the classes we offer through our programs; each class comes with lesson plans, materials, and resources to equip teachers and volunteers to lead a class session successfully. A Twin Rocks specialist can be requested to lead a class on any of the offered topics. Some classes must be taught by a Twin Rocks specialist.

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Learning Groups & Schedules

When planning for Outdoor School classes it is important to know how many students will be in a learning group and how many groups will be required to accommodate that number.  Once groups sizes and the number of classes has been determined, the next step is creating a rotation schedule to ensure each student has the opportunity to participate in all of the classes.

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Twin Rocks Outdoor Education Specialists

EMILY SARGENT

Outdoor Education Director

Emily finds great joy in being outdoors, teaching children, and working at camp. What better way to meld all those passions than Outdoor School?! Emily graduated from George Fox University with a degree in Elementary Education, and taught elementary school 6 years before becoming a stay at home mom. Now she enjoys supporting the work that teachers do by bringing the classroom to life at Outdoor School.

KATEY ASTLEFORD

Assistant Outdoor Education Director

A self-proclaimed lifelong learner, Katey loves sharing her passion for learning and outdoor education with others. Katey graduated with a degree in Psychology from Barclay College and has worked and taught in youth and outdoor school programming for over 10 years. When she’s not researching a new creature discovered during a tide pool trip or helping develop programs and curriculum, she enjoys bringing marine biology and other sciences to life for students.

FAQs

What does a “typical day” look like at Twin Rocks Outdoor School?

While it is hard to say that there is such a thing as a “typical” day at Outdoor School, it is certain that each day will be packed full of laughter and learning.  Please click the link to learn more about what takes place at a typical day of Outdoor School at Twin Rocks.  LEARN MORE

Where are you located?

We are located on the Oregon Coast near the town of Rockaway Beach Oregon.

How do we select volunteers for counselors and chaperones?

When selecting volunteers it is important to contact your local school district to get guidelines and requirements for volunteers and chaperones. Standard practice, and Twin Rocks recommendation, is that all adult volunteers and chaperones have state background checks completed before departing for camp. LEARN MORE

What Special diets can you accommodate?

Twin Rocks offers a number of options including: non-celiac gluten free allergies, dairy allergies, nut allergies, diabetic, vegetarian, and vegan.  Please read more for specific details and exceptions. SPECIAL DIET OPTIONS

Do you have a handbook to help me plan Outdoor School?

Yes, here is a link to our Outdoor School Resource Guide. CLICK HERE

Do you have accommodations to assist those affected by disabilities?

Yes, each of our housing areas has at least one ADA-compliant cabin.  A number of restroom and meeting spaces throughout camp are accessible.

Let the adventure begin!

To inquire about outdoor school,
please email or phone (503-355-2284).

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