Experiential Education

Out of your comfort zone, into the learning zone.

At OES, we believe in the power of applying classroom knowledge in the real world. Students step out of their comfort zone, overcome their fears, support one another, and experience incredible growth. From the pond and wetlands on campus, to full-days spent in the woods, to hiking many of the trails the Pacific Northwest has to offer, ultimately culminating in a four-night backpacking trip into true wilderness, intrigue in and stewardship of nature is part of the OES experience.

OES offers a variety of experiential education resources for students including:

  • Winterim, Outdoor Programs, Class Trips, Weekend Outdoor Activities (Upper School), and Discovery Day (PreK - Grade 1)

Meet the Team

Tom Handel

Tom Handel

Director of Experiential Education
Paul Taylor

Paul Taylor

Director of Winterim, Assistant Director of Experiential Education

Each year, OES 11th graders embark on a backpacking adventure deep into the Pacific Northwest wilderness. While they hike, camp, and take in the splendors of the outdoors, students learn more about themselves and cultivate a sense of responsibility for the environment.

On campus and off, OES Director of Experiential Education Tom Handel offers students from pre-k to grade 12 relatable critical thinking and collaborative experiences in nature, preparing them for challenges, and for life.