Four years ago, the need for an outdoor school replacement activity resulted in an unusual partnership.
The Washougal School District approached the Friends of the Columbia Gorge, a non-profit preservation group, about working with local sixth-graders who had outdoor school cut as a part of budget constraints.
“Both sides felt this was a missing piece,” said Maegan Jossy, outdoor program coordinator.
After a private donation enabled the program to move forward, the goal has been to have students experience the Columbia Gorge in a new way, while aligned with state learning standards.
“The Gorge is such as wonderful resource in our own backyard and we feel so grateful to the Friends of the Columbia Gorge for giving our students a chance to experience it in a meaningful and educational way,” said Rebecca Miner, Washougal assistant superintendent.
According to Jossy, the program provides an opportunity for students to see the area in new light.