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