Spring Learning

With spring solidly underway we have been busy outdoors.  We have already had four jam-packed Field Education weeks since the new year. To supplement our outdoor experiences we have secured grants and donations allowing us to purchase some new equipment. Fishing poles and tackle were included in some of our new purchases. This not only provides students with the equipment to go fishing, but also an opportunity to learn about fishing-rod maintenance, such as how to spool a spinning reel as seen above.

We would like to thank the Cabela’s Outdoor Fund which provided us the funding to purchase the fishing and archery equipment.

Fishing Feb. 4


In addition to fishing students have been learning about archery, thanks to new equipment purchased from a grant for Cabela’s.


Our learning goals have also included the concept of sustainability. We put this into practice by learning about sustainable building practices. Students went to Moon Mountain to practice surveying and choose a spot to build a house. They then came back to ODS, designed and built models of homes, taking into account features such as passive solar heating. House building Feb. 2

In addition to building skills at ODS we have also been venturing into the community and surrounding environment.  We visited the U.S. Calvary and American Indian Museum in Blue River, and learned about the cultural history of the United States from the museum’s owner, Ron Miner, who has been collective war paraphernalia since the age of seven.  His wife Coho, of Blackfoot-Cree heritage, has been collecting Native Indian items that display the details of the life of her ancestors. 

MuseumDeonne                                                                                                                    Photo by Deonne

After our journey to the museum, we ventured slightly farther out for a brief afternoon at Sahalie Falls.


                                                                                                                     Photo by Deonne

Sahalie Sahalie2  Sahaliesnow  Slightly closer to home, we also ventured to Leaburg dam several times for fishing, hatchery viewing, and even a dam tour by EWEB. At the tour students learned about converting kinetic energy to electric power via water, and a little more about the long history of the dam.FishingLeaburg DamLeaburgDam

The tours didn’t stop there. We also learned about the buzz at Glory Bee, getting to see their production line and storage facilities. After the tour we had a grand time perusing the gift shop and sampling honey sticks. Some kids even got to visit a local farm to witness the gamboling baby goats.Feb 16-19 Field Ed (31)Baby goats!                                                                                                Photo courtesy of Deonne

We have also been working on our survival skills, delving into the snowy landscape to building snow shelters as seen above. We may have also done some sledding, because how can you not? Feb 16-19 Field Ed (9)Feb 16-19 Field Ed (12) Feb 16-19 Field Ed (7)Our survival skills lessons included the practicality of self-tracking. We blindfolded several students, and had them find their way back to the bus after being led into the woods by their classmates and teachers.Feb 16-19 Field Ed (33) Blindfolded

No Field Education week would be complete without some work. We have been to Hendricks Park, Spencer’s Butte Challenge Course, Mt. pisgah and Short Mountain Landfill. At the Short Mountain Landfill wetland mitigation site we planted native seedlings grown in our own Native Nursery. Exploration of the nearby wetlands and surrounding environment was an educational culmination to a morning of work. We also worked hard on our photo shoots for potential Band Album art. The bands photographed are…Feb 16-19 Field Ed (15)Dance Evolution

Feb 16-19 Field Ed (27)The Muddy-Water Waders

Feb 16-19 Field Ed (26)The Blue Brothers in Gone Muddin’