Field studies are an integral part of the curriculum in second, third and fourth grades. During the past several school years the students have attended some of the following:
- 2nd grade, one day field study about Forest Habitat, Sandy River Outdoor School
- 3rd grade, two day field studies about Wetlands and Waterways, Sandy River Outdoor School
- 4th grade, two day field studies in June about life on the Oregon Trail, Sandy River Outdoor School
The purpose of the field studies is to provide the students the opportunity to observe and experience real world science processes in a natural setting. The students and teachers work together to solve problems, observe plants and animals, and describe their experiences. The students are encouraged to use their oral language skills to describe what they are observing and their written expression to keep journals of their experiences. Traditional camp activities such as hiking, rowing, campfires, camp meals, and visiting with each other are also included to allow the students to develop a different relationship with the teachers.