Winterim, the six class days before spring vacation each year, is a time set aside in the OES Upper School for experiential pursuits. Faculty and students plan a broad variety of courses that provide opportunities for students to explore new skills, places, cultures, and ideas in a focused, experiential manner. Participation in Winterim each year is a requirement for all students. It provides an opportunity for students and teachers to work together and learn in new situations, and builds community within the school. Winterim also generates some of the best memories of the school year!
NOTE: Courses marked with a 🖐 indicate that the course involves a service component.
Applications to participate in an international course for Winterim 2020 are due by 9 a.m. October 9, 2019.
The full Winterim catalog for 2020, with many options for domestic trips and local courses, will be released December 6, 2019.
We announce international trip options in June, almost a year in advance, so that families can budget for them and students can have time to earn money to help pay for their trip. Generally, these trips extend into spring vacation. Please take note of the dates for each trip. Students who wish to participate in one of these courses must indicate their commitment by submitting an International Winterim Course Application and the parent approval form (sent automatically when a student submits an application) no later than October 9, 2019 by 9 a.m.
Domestic and local course options, which comprise the great majority of the Winterim offerings, are posted in mid-November. These courses are less expensive, generally ranging from no cost to several hundred dollars. The full Winterim catalog offers students a broad range of options, from active endeavors to artistic exploration, and from on-campus courses to trips to other parts of the United States. Courses marked with a hand symbol ( ) indicate that the course involves some service. Students not participating in an international course register for their course choices online and have a parent send signed approval of their course selection, via the electronically generated form.
- Croatia, Bosnia, Montenegro 🖐
- Ecotourism in Costa Rica 🖐
- Morocco: Evolving Roles of Youth in Urban and Rural Culture 🖐
- Omaha Beach to Dachau
- Vietnam: Then and Now 🖐
On this trip we will visit 3 different countries (Croatia, Bosnia, Montenegro) to explore the multi-ethnic, cultural and religious diversity of this complex and beautiful region of the world. A key element of this trip is a learning exchange with a Jesuit high school in Dubrovnik. Students will delve into some big questions (about U.S. and Croatia) around topics such as: roots of ethnic tensions, peace initiatives, etc.
Leaders: Carmen Boyle, Maria McIvor, and Luca P. ‘20 (Student leader)
Dates: March 11–March 21, 2020
Enrollment: 12 Students
Service Learning: Yes - Project
Prerequisites: Students on this trip will have to commit to reading one book and communicating (via Skype) with peer group from Jesuit School in Dubrovnik before leaving.
This Winterim offers the opportunity to explore Costa Rica’s environment and culture with a focus on the impact of ecotourism on small villages and more developed towns. After flying into Costa Rica’s vibrant capital, San José, we’ll meet up with our Rustic Pathways hosts and drive to the area of Sarapiquí, where we will begin our trip with four days of service work in the community of San Ramón de la Virgen de Sarapiquí. A small agricultural village located in the mountains and rainforests of Costa Rica, next to the Braulio Carrillo National Park, San Ramón is currently developing its ecotourism business, which we will be able to learn about from the locals. We will spend these days working, cooking, playing games, and eating with the people of San Ramón. One morning we will run a day camp for the local primary school students which will include arts and crafts, outdoor sports, and English practice.
After our four days of service, we will enjoy some of the adventure activities that are at the heart of Costa Rica’s ecotourism industry. We’ll have a chance to zipline through forests, rappel down waterfalls, and raft down the Sarapiquí River. Throughout these adventures we will have the opportunity to take in Costa Rica’s lush rainforest climate and spot some of its wildlife—Costa Rica is known for its extreme biodiversity and a quarter of its land is protected.
We will spend our last day in the Caribbean beach town of Cahuita before returning to San José for our flight home.
This trip will be arranged through Rustic Pathways. The full itinerary can be viewed here.
Leaders: Isabelle T. ‘20 , Zoe S. ‘20 (Student leaders), Ryan Holland, Erin Romano, and two Rustic Pathways Program Leaders
Dates: March 12–March 20, 2020
Enrollment: 12 students
Join us for a unique opportunity to explore urban and rural communities in Morocco. With the help of ImprintEd Abroad we will be guided throughout the trip by Moroccan peers and families who will help us get to know the country and its people. We’ll meet with high school groups in Rabat and Marrakesh and learn how they see gender roles and culture shifting (and not changing) in 21st century Morocco. We’ll spend 4 nights living with host families (2-4 Oesians per family) in a small village in the Atlas Mountains, where we’ll hike to nearby villages, work alongside host family members, play soccer with students, and learn, through facilitated and translated conversations, about issues that concern young people in the village such as access to education, early marriage, and changes to traditional ways of life. And we’ll also spend time in Essouaria, a culturally complex and beautiful town on the Atlantic coast where we’ll play games and do crafts with young children who attend a center for at-risk youth, learn about the culturally and economically important production of argan oil from the women who process it, and, yes, ride camels on the beach!
This is a great trip for anyone who is interested in Islam, the effects of modern life on rural communities, the shifting roles of women and youth in a traditional culture, and anyone who is game for a fabulous adventure. There is no language requirement, but French and Arabic speakers will have the opportunity to use their skills. If you’ve always wanted to explore the narrow, winding alleys of a souk (traditional market), see snake charmers or try camel meat, and you’re game for an experience that will take you far from your everyday life in Portland, Oregon, please join us!
Leaders: Julia P. ‘21 (Student leader), Autumn Apperson, Katrina Perry and ImprintEd Abroad
Dates: March 11 or 12- March 23 or 24
Enrollment: 12 students
WWII was the largest, most destructive conflict in modern history. America's effort to stay out of it ended with the attack on Pearl Harbor. Less than 3 years later, on D-Day, American soldiers stormed the Atlantic Fortress Wall along with many other ally nations in order to crush Hitler and the Nazi regime. This trip will bring that momentous struggle to life.
We will start in Normandy, visiting iconic sites where American and British soldiers took the fight to French soil, and reflect on their sacrifice at the American Cemetery at Omaha Beach. From there we will follow General Patton's breakout, and the heroic fight for Hill 314 in Mortain, Brittany where the German counterattack was stopped cold by a few brave men. We'll go on to Paris and learn about Occupation, Resistance, Collaboration, spies and the betrayal of France's Jewish population by the Vichy government. After Paris, we will go to Bastogne, Belgium and relive the largest American battle of the War, the Battle of the Bulge.
We will end, not with fighting, but with remembrance and reflection. In Munich we’ll learn how the Nazis came to power, and we’ll visit the Dachau Concentration Camp and consider the normalization of evil. We will finish with a day trip to the Nuremberg courtroom where Nazi leaders were brought to justice.
Leaders: Tna Meyerhoff and Ron Silver
Dates: March 12-24, 2020
Enrollment: 10-14 students
Cost: $3500-$3700, depending on airfare
Language requirement:No requirement, but French and German speakers will have opportunities to utilize their skills.
Prerequisites: 2 weekend or evening meetings prior to departure
On this trip, we will explore Vietnamese history and culture. Our main focus will be on the war history of Vietnam starting from 4000 years ago up through the Vietnam-American War and the post war period, and the effects of colonization of China, France, and the US on the country through visiting five cities: Hanoi, Dong Hoi, Hue, Hoi An, and Ho Chi Minh City.
Students will have an opportunity to explore both South and North Vietnam, the two sides of the Vietnam war, and learn of the two perspectives. Moreover, participants will have peer interactions with other Vietnamese students and adults, which will provide a more thorough insight into this war and Vietnam’s recovery. We will visit the Hanoi Dioxin Treatment Center, where we will interact with children and adults who have been directly affected by napalm bombs and agent orange. We will also spend time immersed in the culture of Vietnam by visiting museums, exploring Vietnam’s culinary scene, and taking in a variety of historical and contemporary sights.
Leaders: Alexis D. ‘21, Vy N. ’21 (Student leaders), Kara Tambellini, and Lindsey Zanchettin
Dates: March 12-22, 2020
Enrollment: 8-12 students
Cost: Maximum $3600-$3800, depending on airfare
- Fariss Hall Garden Phase 2: Deepening and Strengthening 🖐
- POWGirls Filmmaking
- In the Service of Knowledge 🖐
- Lower School Interns 🖐
- 間Ma & Wabi-Sabi!
- Habitat for Humanity and Portland Housing 🖐
- Creating the OES Film Canon
- Get in the Swing: The Basics of Golf 🖐
- Fabulous Flying Machines 🖐
- Helping Hands 🖐
- To Be or Knot To Be
- Play in a Week
- The Art of Recording: Building Upon the Music Industry at OES
- Becoming Sherlock Holmes: Enhancing your Powers of Deduction, Observation, and Memory
- Head Start Helpers 🖐
- Taking Our Slow, Sweet, Salty Time: Learning to create kitchen goods and preserve food in traditional ways 🖐
Come design, build and explore the possibilities in the Fariss Garden with us! Last year, our winterim group broke ground on Phase 1 the Fariss Hall Garden. This year, we are continuing on with Phase 2. We will be engaging in the next steps for bed cultivation, ground maintenance, and creating inquiry areas/outdoor classroom space for students of all divisions. Our week will be filled with interactive exploration with local garden enthusiasts, as well as with EC3 department and grounds department. Our days will end with a buddy collaboration with Lower School students who are staying after school in the Extension program.
**NOTE: THIS COURSE WILL RUN 10AM TO 5PM EACH DAY OF WINTERIM**
Leaders: Meredith Kruse & Kati Stenstrom
Enrollment: 6 minimum, 12 maximum
Service Learning: Hours for all of the time students participate
POWGirls is a workshop in video production, cinematography, audio recording, set lighting, digital editing and media literacy for girls and non-binary youth ages 14-19. The instructors are working media producers who inspire girls to be creative, tech-savvy leaders who will help realize gender equity in the film industry. All films produced during POWGirls workshops are screened at the Portland Oregon Women's Film Festival (POW Film Fest).
In this intensive workshop, participants will collaborate to create an original short video. Each day, participants will build their skills, learning concept creation, storyboarding, cinematography, audio recording, lighting, and post-production. No experience is necessary for this workshop.
Why focus specifically on girls and filmmaking?
Women account for 50% of moviegoers, yet…
On the top 100 grossing films of 2017, women represented:
- 8% of directors
- 10% of writers
- 2% of cinematographers
- 24% of producers
- 14% of editors
POWGirls aims to empower young women by developing their skills and confidence in filmmaking. The new filmmakers who complete the workshop could very well be the ones who increase women’s representation behind and in front of the camera.
Ezez. 2018. "Research – Center for the Study of Women in Television & Film". Womenintvfilm.sdsu.edu. https://womenintvfilm.sdsu.edu/research/.
Leader: Stephanie Portman
Service Learning: The film created could serve a larger purpose with benefits for the community, but it depends on what the filmmakers decide.
What does it mean to know something? How can we facilitate the pursuit of knowledge? What are the barriers (both physical and logical) that limit the pursuit knowledge? These questions and more will be addressed in a whimsical journey through logical systems, quantum theory, relativity, and perceptual illusions. Activities will include visits to the Japanese Gardens and Mt. Angel Abbey for reflective observation and contemplation, creation of illusions, games of deduction, and volunteer work at the Children's Book Bank, the OES archives, and local libraries.
Leaders: Greg Drugan and Owen Gross
Service Learning: 6-8 hours
Cost: Free +
Have you always dreamed of going back to your 1st grade classroom? Thinking about being a teacher someday? Here is your opportunity to explore those dreams and return to the Lower School for the Lower School Internship program. You will be spending time with our young OESians, helping them out in the classroom or other activities, such as P.E., science or art. You will be able to choose the age group and specialty. These children will know and love you forever!
Leader: Robin Weitzer
Ma is described as "an emptiness full of possibilities, like a promise yet to be fulfilled." We will be inspired by 13th centuries of Asian art and culture through the design elements of Ma, Wabi-Sabi and Feng shui. We will visit two museums - the Jordan Schnitzer Art Museum, Eugene Oregon and The Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals to gather art and design ideas to make one-of-a-kind artistic creations. The JSAM has one of the country’s most outstanding collections of Asian art and The Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals houses a world-class collection recognized as the finest in the Pacific Northwest and one of the best in the nation. The featured exhibit at the JSMA is GRACEFUL FORTITUDE: THE SPIRIT OF KOREAN WOMEN. This installation introduces art created by, for, and/or about Korean women and features paintings, prints, photographs, sculpture, ceramics, textiles, lacquer, furniture, and personal adornments dating from the twelfth through the twenty-first centuries. The Rice museum shows fossils, meteorites, lapidary art, and gemstones from both the Pacific Northwest and all around the world. We will visit the Portland Japanese Garden, learn how to make and eat sushi, attend a karate class, and create Asian-inspired art pieces.
Leaders: Tanja Horvat & Sue Jensen
Cost: Free +
Come learn a bit about the Portland housing crisis. Spend time with local housing advocates to better understand the complexity of the housing crisis in Portland. Then, spend four days partnering with Habitat for Humanity to work on local building house projects to help make affordable housing a reality for people in the Portland community. We will also spend time working with the Habitat ReStore, and organization that salvages housing materials and resells them in support of Habitat.
**Service hours definite, service project possible**
Leaders: Ryan Holland and Kara Tambellini
Dates: We will work Saturday, March 16 and take the day off on Monday, March 18. Otherwise we’ll follow the Winterim schedule March 14-21, 2019.
Enrollment: 10-12 **PARTICIPANTS MUST BE 16 YEARS OR OLDER WHEN WINTERIM BEGINS**
Cost: Free +
At the beginning of the 20th century, a group of intellectuals got together to decide on the MOST IMPORTANT BOOKS OF ALL TIME (for Western Culture). This framed the basis for the Western Canon, a list of books considered to the most profound, meaningful, and even necessary for the shared inheritance of Western Culture. This list often determines what students read in school, what is published and sold in bookstores, and what stories are retold in modernized versions. But what makes a story matter? What makes something great and worthwhile? What does such a list say about who we are as a culture? How does the media we consume shape what we know and care about? These questions will be among those we ask as we step into the role of the scholars who decreed the Western Canon to create the official OES Film Canon, a list of movies that authentically reflect what we value, what matters to us, and what we think those in our community should watch and understand. By learning to watch movies with a critical eye, we’ll explore issues of race, society, inclusion, and gender; we’ll examine the messages we passively consume through media and equip ourselves with the tools to both analyze and control the narrative; we’ll actively debate the value of creating and having shared references; we’ll explore whether a film needs to be good to be great; and we’ll design and implement a tool to both include and then share out with the larger community. If you’re a person who loves movies, stories, language, ideas, or culture and/or thrives in exploring racial or cultural identity, narrative, and media, join us as we learn to engage with movies with our full brains in order to build the first-ever OES Film Canon.
Leaders: Asha Appel and Gabriel Edge
Enrollment: 10-20 students
This course is designed to teach the basics of golf, and is intended for beginning and intermediate golfers. Each day our group will go to a local course, where students will receive instruction on the full swing, chipping, and putting. There will be ample time for practicing these skills, but we will also provide plenty of opportunities to take your skills out on the course. Golf etiquette will also be emphasized, so you will always be welcome at any course you visit. During the week we will play at least 36 holes of golf on full-size courses. Depending on weather and the interests of this year's group, we might do some mini-golf as well or make a trip to TopGolf. We also plan to spend at least a half-day doing a golf-related service project, such as working with the First Tee program at the Children’s Course in Gladstone. Sustenance is an important part of every golfer’s game, so daily visits to the snack shack or a nearby eatery will also be a priority. We’ll supply you with equipment if you don’t have your own.
Leaders: Joel Gray and TBD
Enrollment: 12 (Sorry, OES golf team members may not take part in this course.)
Cost: Free + money for a few lunches out
Do you like things that fly? Things that go fast? Sophisticated machines? If so, then this winterim is for you! Fabulous Flying Machines will offer an exciting hands-on opportunity to learn how to build and fly your own drone. Learn about aeronautical engineering, how to safely pilot a drone, and have fun flying obstacle courses! After you become a drone expert, you’ll be able to spend two days sharing your knowledge with the broader Portland community. We’ll be visiting middle schools to teach and share our knowledge with younger students. Participating in this course will be a great way to earn service hours while inspiring younger kids to explore exciting STEM projects!
Leaders: Ryan Westcott, Hudson Hale, Walker Jones, Cameron Jack
Enrollment: 8-12 students
Service Learning: 20 hours of off-campus service learning.
Cost: $250 for materials for the small drone you'll build and get to keep!
Spend six days trekking through some of the most beautiful parts of our state! This local winterim will feature a couple of days of day hikes - The Gorge, the valley, the mountains, the beach, the city - we are surrounded by beauty and we’ll pick some good ones! We will also spend some time cycling and some time out on the water kayaking. These experiences will inspire reflection on and connection to the beauty of our locale. We’ll take plenty of photos and journal as we go, and we’ll use written creative forms (poems, stories, creative writing, historical fiction, etc.) to create some sort of record of our work for others to learn from- a journal, art project, blog, etc. We’ll also possibly have the opportunity to serve (and earn service hours) by giving back to our natural habitat while we experience it. This Winterim will be good for experienced outdoor-types as well as beginners. Emphasis will be on finding joy, beauty and peace in our natural surroundings.
Leaders: Adam Steele, Ed Cecere
Service Learning: Likely some hours
Cost: Free +
Six days of service to the community and learning about how our community supports those in need. We will decide as a group what our focus will be this year so that students can take a leading role in planning our activities. Participants will earn 20-30 or so hours of off-campus credit in the week, or can get a good start on a long-term SL Project. Plus, you'll reap the great rewards of doing something to help others, and learning a lot in the process. Daily reflection time, posting to a group blog, and planning for future service are all part of the schedule. And, it’s fun!
**Service hours definite, service project possible**
Leaders: Austin Pritchard, Erin Romano
Cost: Free +
Looking for a Winterim that is (k)not work? Then, this one is for you. Working collaboratively, you will quickly learn how to tie specific knots with ropes and cords. Then in just three days, you will complete either a group macrame project such as hammock or hanging chair for the Upper School or a wall hanging for your room. We will also spread our knotworthy knowledge to a middle school class by teaching the kids how to have fun with knots. Using ideas from the "The knot book" (written for a general audience), I will introduce you to some cool ideas used by mathematicians to study knots. You’ll discover - and perhaps be surprised by - the connections of this topic to math and sciences. For the last two days of the Winterim, you may choose to explore knots to complete another craft project or to learn about knot polynomials and knot sums. No matter which direction you choose, we will of course tell lots of knot jokes and may take a field trip down to the Portland art museum and eat lunch at the food carts.
Leader: Gowri Meda
Cost: Free +
Take a play (maybe even two of them) from words on a page to a cosmic comic event on the Great Hall Stage, with costumes from the back of closets, props you probably having lying around at home, and lots of large cardboard boxes. This is a great chance for freshmen and sophomores bitten by the drama bug to gain more on-stage experience while sharing all the behind-the-scenes work. If you think you might want to take Playwriting as a senior or Stage and Screen at any time, this Winterim is a good choice for you. We’re still sifting through our short list of plays. Whatever configuration we choose, we promise that at least one of them will be hilarious, and we will knock-em dead on the very last day of Winterim. By ‘’em,’ we mean whoever is around that afternoon, as well as those you invite among parents, friends, distant relations, your first-grade teacher, perfect strangers you have kidnapped off the street, etc. Our current short list: “The Complete Works of Shakespeare, Abridged,” “Sure Thing,” (Thurber play, etc., etc.) We can accommodate anywhere from four to twelve actors.
Leaders: Art Ward and Debby Schauffler
This Winterim is for anybody who is at all interested in digital music or the art of music production. We will visit various recording studios in Portland and interview the engineers and producers that use these studios. Then we will bring our knowledge back to OES and contribute to the design of the recording studio that is being built in the EC3 Design Center. For the last two days, we will produce or write songs and record them, or at least learn cover songs and record them. If we have extra time, we will create a set of instructions and guidelines for any OES students who will use the studio in the future.
Leaders: Chad Gilton, Tadhg Ferris Wayne, Xinyu Zhou
Cost: Free +
Sherlock Holmes is known for his powers of thought and observation. Our Winterim will ask: Is Sherlock's extraordinary intellect merely a gift of fiction, or can we learn to cultivate these abilities ourselves, to improve our minds and our lives? We will explore Holmes’s unique methods of ever-present mindfulness, astute observation, and logical deduction. Like Holmes, we will attempt to train your brain to work more effectively with brain teasers, puzzles, games, and two trips to escape rooms. A former homicide detective will also walk students through a real investigation.
Leader: C.T. Henry
Cost: Free +
Head Start is a federally funded preschool program for low-income families. Their mission is to provide a safe, nurturing, caring, and culturally sensitive environment for their young students. As a Head Start Helper, you will read to children, play educational games, assist the teaching staff with classroom activities, and help supervise outdoor play. You will have the opportunity to interact and develop meaningful relationships with young children from very diverse backgrounds. Participants in this Winterim will earn service learning hours and may turn the experience into a service learning project.
**Service hours definite, service project possible**
Leaders: Head Start Teachers, Peter Langley
In this course we will learn how food was preserved in the days before refrigeration. We’ll cook, preserve and make to discover the value in preserving food and household items with traditional methods. As a participant you will develop greater confidence in the kitchen as you learn because many of the techniques taught are basic ones for effective cooking (marinades, drying, pasteurization, sanitation and food safety). While our culinary treats are bubbling or drying, we’ll also learn some basic sewing and felting techniques so that you can make towels, pot holders or other useful items that can be used in the kitchen. We’ll put together baskets of homemade goods to give to new immigrants as well as friends and family. And finally, as an added bonus, all participants will get a food handler’s license, so you’ll have the certification you need to get a job in the food industry.
Leaders: Julie Sikkink & Katrina Levin
Discovery is a 5 day, 40 hour apprenticeship or career exploration opportunity open to 10th-12th graders who want to create an individualized learning experience. Students are responsible for creating their own program to pursue a particular area of interest. The deadline for submitting the Final Proposal plan to do a Discovery during Winterim 2019 is Friday, January 11, 2019 (for those who have already submitted a Preliminary Proposal).
**Service project possible**
Leader: Dana Mosher Lewis
Enrollment: no limit
Cost: personal expenses
- On The Water: Maritime Northwest
- Fire and Ice - Cross Country Ski Adventure
- Mississippi to Memphis: A Civil Rights Journey
- Midnight Train to Montana
- San Francisco Discovery
- Utah Backpacking
- Outdoor School Counselor 🖐
- ʻImi kai Hawaiʻi (Exploring the oceans/seas of Hawaiʻi) 🖐
“Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing—absolutely nothing—half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.”from The Wind in the Willows
Join us as we travel north to Seattle and Port Townsend, twin capitals of Puget Sound’s wooden boat scene. We will work with experts at the Center for Wooden Boats on Lake Union and, with the Seattle skyline behind us, learn to sail and row small, historic wooden boats and learn about their historic restoration efforts. Maybe we’ll visit the Ballard Locks, too, and the Nordic Museum, get a taste of Seattle’s maritime legacies. Then we’ll join the folks at the Northwest Maritime Center in Port Townsend (on the Olympic Peninsula) to learn about the history of tall ships, learn to row longboats, sail a schooner, navigate, tie knots, make a paddle in their woodworking shop, and stay in a historic residence at Fort Worden State Park. To add to the atmosphere, we’ll also choose literature together (fiction and nonfiction) that attests to the Romance of the Sea and returns us to the great Age of Sail. We’ll do most of our own cooking and live intentionally as a small group, spending the days with limited screen time to get into the spirit of being out in the elements, alert to wind and tide, water, wood, and sky.
Leaders: John Holloran and Rick Rees
Dates: March 14-21, 2019 (7 nights)
One of the best ways to enjoy winter and find solitude and outdoor fun in the Pacific Northwest is to go cross country skiing. This course is designed to give you the skills to become a competent cross country skier. The first two days will be spent doing day trips to nearby groomed and ungroomed cross country ski areas near Portland where you can practice your “kick and glide” technique. Sunday we will head over to central Oregon where we’ll spend the night near Sisters. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday we’ll immerse ourselves in a two night hut to hut traverse in the Three Sisters Backcountry. You’ll get to experience the awesome splendor of the Three Sisters Wilderness during the winter without having to carry a huge backpack, since these huts are outfitted with bedding, stoves and even food! Wednesday afternoon we’ll leave the splendor of the wilderness, spend one more night in Sisters, and Thursday we’ll travel back to OES. This trip includes a hired guide, ski and equipment rental, all lodging (including backcountry huts), meals, and transportation. Beginners and experienced cross country skiers are welcome.
Leaders: Matt Bedrin and Jenny Cleveland
Dates: March17-21, 2019 (local trips March14 & 15)
Mississippi was ground zero in America's struggle for equality. This trip will immerse you in the Civil Right Movement and the continuing struggle to create a just America. In Jackson we'll visit the brand new, multi-million dollar Mississippi Civil Rights museum. We'll walk in the footsteps of Medgar Evers, Freedom Riders and legendary Civil Rights lawyer, John Doar. We'll meet freedom fighters ready to pass on their stories and inspire you to action. We'll experience the power of the Black Church on a Sunday morning in the South. We'll travel to Neshoba County and relive the last hours of Mickey Schwerner, James Chaney and Andrew Goodman. Their murders at the start of Freedom Summer changed America. We'll travel to the Delta and learn about legendary Bluesmen, Robert Johnson, Charley Patton and B.B. King. And we'll learn about the tragedy of Emmett Till and the inspiration of Fannie Lou Hamer. You'll hear stories of courage by young civil rights workers in the Delta that will stay with you for the rest of your life. The trip will end in Memphis with a visit to the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Hotel where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in April, 1968. Along the way we'll be eating the best barbecue and fried chicken on the planet. The trip will challenge you with the dichotomy of exploring the darkest moments in our nation's history, while simultaneously being embraced by some of the kindest, most warm-hearted people you will meet in your life.
Leaders: Ron Silver, Katie Seltzer
Dates: March 14-22, 2019 (**Note this trip returns one day after the end of Winterim**)
This train and ski excursion is designed to provide a variety of winter activities in the Whitefish Ski Area of Montana, a mountain with 360 degrees of diverse ski trails. Transportation will be provided by Amtrak and resort shuttles; the rental house is on the slopes of the ski resort, so students will ski in/out each day from the porch. This trip is for students new to skiing/boarding or those who don’t have the opportunity to hit the slopes very often—and will provide students with an immersion opportunity to learn, improve, and enhance their skiing or snowboarding skills during five days of active mountain time. Students will also plan, organize, and shop for meals as well as plan evening activities for the group.
Leaders: Coleen Davis, Rob Orr
Dates: March 14-21, 2019
Enrollment: 12 students who are not on a ski/snowboard or freestyle team
Cost: $1100 + equipment rental if needed
San Francisco has long been a center of cultural and social justice movements in the United States. In this Winterim we will investigate the complex ways culture responds to and shapes movements for social justice. Possible topics, to be selected by the group in our first meeting, include: the Berkeley Free Speech Movement, Gentrification in the Filmore and Mission Neighborhoods, the Native American occupation of Alcatraz, LGBTQIA+ civil rights and communities in the Castro Neighborhood, Filipino activism and the battle for the I-Hotel, and Environmentalism and Muir Woods. We'll explore San Francisco through museums, theater, murals, interviews, restaurants, paintings, film, poetry, hiking, and more. Discover the wealth of culture and the histories of resilience and resistance in the City by the Bay!
Leaders: Gabriel Stein-Bodenheimer and Lindsey Zanchettin
Dates: March 14-21, 2019
Get ready to explore southeastern Utah from the top of plateaus to the bottom of the canyons. After flying into Las Vegas, we'll drive to the remote four corners region to see the wild and pristine canyons of Utah. Follow a winding ancient riverbed through history on a four day backpacking trip, to see murals and ruins that might date back to 1400 AD. Hike along enchanting creeks that wisp through ancient red orange canyon walls. Camp under an infinite tapestry of stars at night. Listen to the howl of the coyote or the elusive Gunnison sage grouse. Breathe in the intoxicating aroma of wild sage, pinon pine, and juniper. Learn about the ancient Anasazi who lived in these canyons for thousands of years. This is rugged and beautiful terrain, and rewards of traveling into it are memories for a lifetime.
Leaders: Doug Ironside, Autumn Apperson
Dates: March 14-21, 2019
Enrollment: 10 max, or 20 if we have two groups
Being a Washington County Outdoor School Counselor is one of the most fun, inspiring and rewarding experiences you can ever have! As a counselor, you will learn valuable leadership and teaching skills. You’ll learn how to lead interactive, hands-on outdoor activities with small groups of sixth-graders that are simple and fun. You’ll also get to work with many great students from other high schools, some of whom could become lifelong friends. As an Outdoor School counselor you’ll gain valuable volunteer experience that looks great on college and job applications. You can earn transferable college credit, and complete one of your service learning projects at OES, too! And, most of all, you will change the lives of elementary school students, often in ways that you'll never know.
**Service Project possible**
Leaders: Washington County Outdoor School staff
Dates: March 17-22, 2019 (**NOTE: Participants work through the end of the day on Friday, March 22**)
Travel with us to Northern Minnesota to enjoy an experience unlike any other. We will spend four days on the lakes and trails of the Boundary Waters, driving two-person sleds with a team of four to five Inuit dogs each. Experienced guides will provide hands-on training on the first day, and then you will handle your own team of dogs, including feeding and harnessing them every morning. We will stay in lakeside lodges each night (with an option to camp outside one night!). There will be a chance to try snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and a Finnish sauna. We will also pay a visit to the International Wolf Center in Ely, Minnesota, to observe and learn about the native timber wolves. Get ready for an amazing experience, and prepare to fall in love with dogsledding!
Leaders: Liz Weiler and Lauren Shareshian
Dates: March 15-20, 2019
Have you ever wanted to get certified to SCUBA dive so you can explore the 71% of our planet that is covered by water? In this Winterim all participants will complete a full SCUBA course which will earn you a lifetime certification to dive, recognized worldwide. We’ll begin our study with 2 required Saturday sessions in January and February (approx. 12-15 hours total) where we’ll work together here at OES to complete the PADI eCourse portion of the certification process. Then, on Weds. March 13 we’ll fly to the Big Island of Hawaii where we’ll set up our temporary home at Hawaii Prep and complete the pool and open water portions of the course with Kohala Divers. On our open water dives we’ll have the opportunity to closely observe the marine ecology of Hawaii during the Humpback Whale season.
While staying in Hawaii we’ll learn about Hawaiian culture by visiting sacred and historic haieau with native Hawaiians where we’ll hear traditional stories and ancient songs. We’ll also learn Hawaiian Makahiki games and compete with Hawaiian teenagers in their native “olympic” style of land events. Kumu (Hawaiian for teacher) Kuwalu from Hawaii Preparatory Academy will lead these traditional experiences while Tom and Missy help referee.
During our time on the Big Island we’ll also surf or boogie board at Kawaihae and Hapuna beaches, hike across a rugged lava flow to the spectacular Makalawena Beach, and camp near Kiholo Bay Turtle Sanctuary where local Marine Researchers will share the health and future status of the local protected Green Sea turtles. In appreciation for all that we’ll be given we’ll spend a morning volunteering our time and muscles to protect the ecosystem that makes Hawaii so magical.
Leaders: Tom Handel, Missy Smith, Jacen Wilkins, and local Hawaiian teacher David Giff
Dates: March 13-22, 2019 (**Note this trip returns one day after the end of Winterim**)