ORCA Field Trips

Bringing Lessons to Life

From frontier life at Fort Astoria and the Oregon Trail to the space age at the Oregon Air and Space Museum, Oregon’s rich historical, cultural, and natural resources are all integral parts of the curriculum at ORCA.

With help from our regional volunteer coordinators, ORCA leads dozens of field trips throughout the state each year. From the Oregon Trail to the Oregon Coast, ORCA brings classroom lessons to life with: 

  • Eco-tours of where students explore the interconnections of biology, ecology, and geology.
  • Cultural outings that deepen their understanding of art, music, and theater.
  • History tours that vividly trace the impact of the past on the present.
  • Excursions that connect math and science concepts to practical living and working applications.
  • Local outings to businesses, non-profits, and public services that connect students to the world of work, one another, and their communities.

This year our students explored the worlds of:

    Nature at

    • Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area
    • Oregon Coast Aquarium
    • Wizard Falls Fish Hatchery
    • The Nature Conservancy Boardman Preserve
    • Portland Japanese Gardens

    Work at

    • News-Review newspaper
    • La Grande Fire Station
    • KCBY TV
    • Roseburg Hospital
    • Coast Guard Air Station

    History, Culture, and Science at

    • Historic Elsinore Theater
    • Oregon Trail Interpretive Center
    • Oregon Air and Space Museum
    • Astoria Maritime Museum
    • OMSI Chemistry and Biology labs
    • Linua Pauling Lecture series

Just for fun

At ORCA, we’re just as committed to our students' social and personal development as their academic performance. So we schedule field trips just for fun too—pizza, bowling, ice skating parties, family picnics at local parks and more. 

Exploring Life after Graduation

To help high school students exploring career and college options, we offer field trips to colleges and universities, college fairs, and businesses.

See for Yourself ...

  • Students demonstrate their engineering skills at Evergreen Aviation Museum

  • On a field trip to Luscher Farm

  • Students learn about bee keeping with their teacher

  • ORCA high school students visit Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts

  • Students and their teacher on a field trip to the local county fair

  • Students experience life as colonial Americans

  • Students are inspired at a local museum of art

  • Fast friends enjoy a fun day together

  • Students and their teacher enjoy a field trip to the zoo

  • ORCA students view the Oregon seal at the Capitol

  • ORCA students at the Capitol