One of the most remarkable aspects of the Franciscan Montessori Earth School’s education is the integration of ecology, outdoor experiences, and knowledge of the world into the curriculum.
An Earth Experience (E2) is an overnight camping trip which is held twice yearly. Each Lower and Upper Level Elementary classroom participates in their own E2 trips, with occasional combined trips. The location and focus of the E2’s rotate among the main ecosystems of Oregon.
During certain weeks in the fall and spring, various classrooms can be observed busily preparing for trips to the Oregon or Washington coast, Mt. Hood National Forest or the high desert. These camping trips represent a key curricular Montessori approach that fulfills the work begun in the classroom.
Saint Francis Academy participates in their own overnight trips, including the Aboriginal Experience and the Peace trip.