Westwind - Facilities
The dining hall at Westwind is centrally located, with the health center close by, as well as staff quarters. Much of the site is hilly and rustic.
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, and evening campfire programs are held in the dining hall in case of inclement weather.
CABINS AND RESTROOMS
There are three separate cabin areas at Westwind. 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.
A main restroom is centrally located near the dining hall, and contains private stalls for flush toilets and showers. Distant cabin areas feature outhouses.
If your student requires a private changing area, we will work with them to accommodate their needs.
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, Tom Eby: email@example.com
Westwind Outdoor School features a beautiful 2-mile hike through a rainforest from the parking lot into camp. Occasionally, tides permit ferry access across the Salmon River. Either site access option offers a luggage truck to transport student belongings back and forth.
Field study, the "school" part of Outdoor School, takes place throughout the site, and takes advantage of our incredible local nature. Westwind is MESD's only Outdoor School site on the Oregon Coast. The long journey is worth it for stunning views and unique estuary ecology.