The dining hall at Kuratli is centrally located, with the cabin buildings close by. Trails and unpaved roads access most field study areas.
Students (and parent chaperones at Oregon Trail) eat family style in the spacious dining hall. Hot, varied, and nutritious meals are prepared by our professional kitchen staff.
The dining hall serves as a central hub of activity throughout the day. The Kuratli Outdoor School and Oregon Trail office is located below the dining hall in the Lower Columbia Meeting Room.
CABINS AND RESTROOMS
Cabin buildings at Kuratli feature two stories, with one cabin housed on the ground floor and one cabin upstairs. Each cabin level has its own private single-stall restroom, and also has a small "counselor room" which can be used as a private changing space.
All participants and chaperones / Student Leaders sleep on bunk beds with mattresses. Students and chaperones / Student Leaders should bring a sleeping bag (or blankets) and pillow for their stay.
In addition to the restrooms inside the cabins, a main restroom facility with multiple stalls is centrally located near the dining hall. The site also features additional single stall restrooms in Upper Columbia Dining Hall, Lower Columbia Meeting Room, and in the Nature Center, as well as designated single-occupant restrooms at the Craft House.
Rain or shine, the entire Kuratli community gathers in the evening for a campfire program at the outdoor campfire facility. Class groups, cabin groups, Student Leaders, and staff perform skits and enjoy songs, and it is many students' favorite part of Outdoor School and Oregon Trail. Though rain can fall in between, both the performance space and the audience space are located under cover, so rain won't stop the fun.
Field study at Oregon Trail—when students learn a variety of pioneer skills and take part in living history—and Outdoor School—when students learn science and natural history—occurs throughout the site. The Kuratli site is located along Deep Creek near the North Fork confluence, and features lush forests and and a quiet pond.
Photos of some of the equipment and specimens used on field study at Oregon Trail can be found on the Artifacts & Activities page. Photos of some of the equipment and specimens used on field study at Outdoor School can be found on the Science & Nature page.