Since 1977, as part of the magnet program, the Houston Independent School District has operated the Outdoor Education Center (OEC) program at Camp Olympia, and since 2010, at Camp Forest Glen. The OEC program allows our urban students to discover and explore nature away from the lights and noise of their big city environment.
We utilize the lake, the forest, the stream, the farm, and the quiet East Texas nights to provide hands-on, experiential, multidisciplinary activities. Each week three to five different HISD schools send their fifth-graders to the OEC. Students are able to learn about themselves and others as they interact with new friends, experience new things and ultimately building self-esteem.
Each year about 8,000 fifth-graders go through the four-day, three-night outdoor education experience. Students enjoy inquiry-based science lessons and language arts, math and social studies concepts that support HISD’s fifth grade curriculum and state standards. The OEC program extends the reach of classroom learning and creates awareness that leaves students with a new environmental consciousness.
Click here to learn more about our sister school, the HISD OEC at Forest Glen Camp.They are located in Huntsville, TX.
The OEC is a magnet science school within the Houston Independent School District.Visitwww.houstonisd.org to learn more about our district and the students we serve.
The HISD OEC is located at Camp Olympia.Camp Olympia is a separate organization from us with its own mission.The OEC uses the facility to serve children during the school year calendar and Camp Olympia has a different schedule for the children they serve.Visit www.campolympia.com if you are interested in learning more about their organization.