the HISD Outdoor Education Center

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The Houston Independent School District OEC at Forest Glen offers a unique outdoor experience for 5th-graders in the Sam Houston National Forest located in Huntsville, Texas.  Lessons in environmental science and social studies guide discovery and exploration that stimulate an appreciation and understanding of interdependence from: one person to another; one culture to another; people to nature; and nature to nature.

[Español] Since 1977, as a part of the Magnet program, HISD has operated two Outdoor Education Centers (OEC). Together the Centers accommodate about 8,000 students each school year at Camp Forest Glen in Huntsville, and at Camp Olympia in Trinity. With about 15,000 fifth graders in the district, schools rotate on an every-other-year basis. 


The OEC at Forest Glen is designed to provide a unique educational opportunity for Houston ISD students that emphasizes the use of natural settings. The camp instructors utilize the lake, the forest, the farm, replica structures and the quiet East Texas nights to provide hands-on, experiential, multidisciplinary activities that guide students through discovery and exploration. Students are taught inquiry-based science lessons, as well as language arts, math and social studies concepts that support HISD's fifth grade curriculum and Texas State Standards. The OEC program teaches children appreciation, awareness, expression, knowledge and skills which act as an extension of HISD classrooms.

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The OEC is located at Camp Forest Glen.  Forest Glen is a separate organization from us with its own mission and summer programs.  The OEC uses the facility to serve children during the school year calendar while Camp Forest Glen has a different schedule for the community they serve.  Visit if you are interested in learning more about their organization.