The dining hall at Canby Grove is centrally located, and most of the site is flat. Trails and unpaved roads access most field study areas.
Students, high school Student Leaders, Staff, and Teachers eat family style in the spacious dining hall. Hot, varied, and nutritious meals are prepared by our professional kitchen staff, and students are assigned to help set the tables, deliver and serve the food during the meal, and clean up after the meal on a rotating basis.
The dining hall serves as a central hub of activity throughout the day. Students participate in a ceremonial raising and lowering of the flag each morning and evening before meals, and the central restroom / shower house is located near the dining hall.
CABINS AND RESTROOMS
There are two separate cabin areas at Canby Grove, consisting of 6-10 cabins each. Each heated cabin serves 6-10 students (a few from each class) and 1-3 high school Student Leaders. Cabins are supervised by staff members. All participants sleep on bunk beds with mattresses. Students should bring a sleeping bag (or blankets) and pillow for their stay.
The restrooms in the cabin area are centrally located, and contain private stalls for toilets and showers. In addition to the main cabin area restroom / shower houses, Canby grove features an additional restroom facility near some of the field study areas.
The central restroom / shower house is located directly across from the nurse's station.
In a central space towards the center of camp is a bathroom facility labeled “Restroom #3” (as indicated on the Map of Canby Grove). This facility will be signed on both sides “One at a time” / “Single Occupancy” for students who wish to use it.
About half of the cabins at Canby Grove have a separate room with a door between, so students have the option of a private changing area. For students in the other cabin, they will be informed of options for privacy at when they are welcomed each week during the orientation.
The program leaders will share with each cabin group just before they move into cabins, so each 6th grade student is aware of these bathroom / changing options.
OUTDOOR SCHOOL NURSE
There is a registered nurse on site 24 hours a day while your student is at Outdoor School. The nurse takes care of injuries and illnesses as they arise, and also has commonly-forgotten items (like sleeping bags, jackets, and toothbrushes) available to lend. The nurse is available to discreetly clean soiled sleeping bags as needed throughout the week. If you have specific health care or dietary concerns, please contact the Outdoor School Program Nurse, Peggy Sedlak: firstname.lastname@example.org
Weather permitting, the entire Canby Grove Outdoor School community gathers each evening for a campfire program at the outdoor campfire facility. Students perform skits and enjoy songs, and it is many students' favorite part of Outdoor School. During inclement weather, campfire programs take place in our indoor campfire space, which features a grand stage and comfortable seating.
Each afternoon, students participate in recreation, consisting of games, hikes, arts & crafts, archery, or other non-academic activities. These activities are led by staff members or classroom teachers and consist of a mixture of students from each participating class.
Field study, the "school" part of Outdoor School, takes place throughout the site, and takes advantage of our incredible local nature. The Canby Grove site is located along the banks of the Molalla River. Photos of the natural areas and some of the equipment and specimens used on field study can be found arranged by field study on the Science & Nature page.