Anchorage Outdoor School’s mission is to cultivate lifelong stewardship of public lands in Alaska through residential, place-based outdoor education for 5th grade students in the Anchorage School District. By connecting students with the curiosity and wonder that only outdoor spaces can inspire, even the simple and joyous act of skipping a rock on Portage Lake can be a deeply impactful and powerful experience.
AOS is a place for students to reap the mental and physical benefits of being outdoors. Students engage directly with the natural world to learn science, traditional ecological knowledge, history, physical education, career options, leadership, and socio-emotional skills in order to understand Alaska’s natural resources and build resiliency in our changing world. We hope all students leave Outdoor School with a new friend, new knowledge, and a renewed compassion for themselves, their peers, and the land.
Participants will be transported in Anchorage School District buses from their school to the Begich, Boggs Visitor Center in Portage and back. All food, lodging, and instruction is provided for the duration of their two-night, three-day Outdoor School experience. Select gear (sleeping bags, raingear, etc.) can be provided if needed.
Anchorage Outdoor School is committed to offering outdoor school to all students and will collaborate with schools, teachers, and students on fundraising opportunities. Title I school students attend AOS free of charge.