Educational Institutions

Outdoor Education Foundation

  • San Diego, CA
  • http://www.oefoundation.org

Mission Statement

Mission:Our mission is to help sixth grade students in San Diego County to connect with science and nature through once in a lifetime experiences in the quality outdoor education programs that have been offered by the San Diego County Office of Education since 1946.Vision and Values:We believe that outdoor education provides students with an opportunity to connect with nature, learn hands-on science, achieve personal growth and develop a commitment to environmental stewardship and community service. We believe outdoor education provides a better future for our students, our communities and our world.

Main Programs

  1. SDCOE Outdoor Education

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Service Areas

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California

The Outdoor Education Foundation serves the student population covered by the San Diego County Office of Education. The following data reflects student demographics for the 2008 - 2009 school year 496,702 Kindergarten - 12th grade students in San Diego County 230,865 (46.5%) students qualify for Free & Reduced Lunch Enrollment 56,000 (11% of all K-12 students) students participated in Outdoor Education programs 4 732 schools 42 school districts Cuyamaca Outdoor School and the Outreach programs also serve students from Riverside and Los Angeles counties and students from Arizona.

ruling year

2005

Principal Officer

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scott riddick

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Also Known As

Outdoor Education Foundation

EIN

20-2186308

 Number

5859641748

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs (C60)

Science, General (includes Interdisciplinary Scientific Activities) (U20)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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Accomplishments of the Outdoor Education Foundation:Received 2011 Environmental Champions Grant from SempraHeld Sustainable Feast 2011, a farm-to-table fundraising eventDeveloped partnerships to improve student access and participation in K-12 Outdoor Education with: REI, Adventure 16, Kaiser Permanente, Target, Henry's/Sprouts markets, the City of San Diego Environmental Services Dept., San Diego County Water Authority and Aladdin Bail Bonds. 2012 Goals:Generate funding through grants, 2012 Sustainable Feast and other donations to hire an Executive Director (by July 1, 2012). Award 55% of fundraising profits as scholarships for Outdoor School, Green Machine, and Splash Science Lab.Recruit a new Executive Board member with professional financial experience to replace our Board Treasurer who recently relocated.Develop non-profit board organization and leadership skills by attending 1-2 local and online workshops.Develop written manual for Executive Board governance procedures, roles and responsibilities.

Programs

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Program 1

SDCOE Outdoor Education

Outdoor School curriculum covers:* life science; biology, botany* earth science; geology, meteorology, astronomy* outdoor skills, Native American lore* recreation activities and craftsMarine Science Floating Lab program:* hands-on study of marine science * observations in the marine environment* use of oceanographic scientific equipment"Green Machine"is a hands-on mobile van interactive learning program that includes:A soils research station (complete with live earthworms)An integrated pest management station (complete with role play scenarios and puppets)A water cycle station (complete with dramatic role play and costumes)Musical and dramatic wrap-up component designed to reinforce the learningComprehensive teacher packet complete with pre and post "Green Machine" activitiesA comprehensive list of garden resources in San Diego CountyProgram can arrange for a local Master Gardener to come to a school and work with individual teachers and their studentsSplash Science Mobile Lab- a self-contained RV mobile water curriculum laboratory brought to schools to provide students with hands-on learning experience with:Microscopes - with live specimens!Chemistry experimentsState of the art computersCooperative learning skills

Category

Environment, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

General Public/Unspecified

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

n/a

Service Areas

Self-reported

California

The Outdoor Education Foundation serves the student population covered by the San Diego County Office of Education. The following data reflects student demographics for the 2008 - 2009 school year 496,702 Kindergarten - 12th grade students in San Diego County 230,865 (46.5%) students qualify for Free & Reduced Lunch Enrollment 56,000 (11% of all K-12 students) students participated in Outdoor Education programs 4 732 schools 42 school districts Cuyamaca Outdoor School and the Outreach programs also serve students from Riverside and Los Angeles counties and students from Arizona.

Funding Needs

Develop non-profit board organization and leadership skills by attending local and online workshops Top 5 most pressing needs: 1. Need to recruit an Executive Board member with experience and a desire to take a leadership role in our foundation's finances. 2. Funding to support an Executive Director, with experience in fundraising, grant writing and board development. 3. Website and social media development with funding to support regular updates (email blasts, newsletters, etc.) to databases, donors, etc. 4. Funding to support the development of new and updated Splash Science Lab curriculum materials (about $12,000) Develop written manual for Executive Board governance procedures, roles, and responsibilities Recruit an Executive Board member with experience and a desire to take a leadership role in our foundation's finances. Responsibilities would include: Manage annual budget, coordinate annual budget review and annual audit. Review and approve major organizational decisions (branding, marketing, etc.), commitments (partnerships, grants, Executive Board commitments, etc.), and plans including expenditures; evaluate progress toward program and financial goals. Recruit an Executive Board member with experience and a desire to take a leadership role in fundraising. § Request member participation from SDSU support staff currently employed by SDCOE programs. Designate board members to call upon board prospects to recruit new board members. Contact SDCOE Outdoor Education partners (i.e. Kaiser, Target, Henry's Farmers Market, City of SD Environmental Services; Water Authority, etc.).

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Outdoor Education Foundation

Leadership

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Principal Officer

scott riddick

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"On March 17, 1946, the first group of San Diego sixth graders journeyed with their classroom teachers to Camp Cuyamaca. This day marked the birth of organized outdoor schools in California. The program became known as Sixth Grade Camp, and its success provided the stimulus for the rapid growth of Outdoor School programs throughout the state and country. Sixty-five years later, San Diegans continue to take great pride in the pioneering and leadership role the San Diego County Office of Education's Outdoor Education programs have played. We are proud that, as a result of these programs, our students are making essential connections with their natural world, something considered fundamental to healthy living. We are proud that our programs capitalize on students' curiosity about how nature works, thus inspiring study in science, technology, engineering and math. We are also proud of the life lessons learned by students in our residential programs: integrity, cooperation, positive attitude, respect, and self-esteem What will we be proud of in years to come? I hope we will take pride in the fact that we did all we could to provide this experience for the students who need it the most. The other day I heard a student at Camp Cuyamaca comment, ""This tree smells like Pinesol."" It reminded me that for many students, Sixth Grade Camp is their first and perhaps only opportunity to experience nature, to learn how its systems work, and to appreciate how the decisions they make affect the health of their world. Some may ask if we can afford an educational experience like this at this time. Perhaps we should ask if we can afford to have a generation of youth grow up without this connection to nature."" This quote by Baba Dioum answers this question well: ""In the end we will conserve only what we love. We will love only what we understand. We will understand only what we are taught."" The time for action is now. Accept the challenge of our Foundation's mission to provide resources to ensure that all students, regardless of financial ability, have access to quality Outdoor Education programs. Actively participate in making the change you want to see in the world. Become a part of a 65-year-old San Diego legacy in which Outdoor Education provides a better future for our students, our community, and our world. "

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Scott Riddick

San Diego County Office of Education

Term: Jan 2009 - Jan 2012

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