Outdoor Ed

Outdoor Education is a 3 day program to instill an appreciation, understanding and awareness of nature. We encourage this by providing a rich experience in an outdoor setting disconnected from technology.  The physical and mental challenges presented during this trip are designed to help students learn about themselves as individuals and as members of a group. This trip is also an excellent opportunity for the students to build new friendships and become a unified Highland Hornet sixth grade.

Both Highland and Taft staff present a variety of activities and projects to the students. The activities are outdoors to take advantage of the natural surroundings. Some of the activities include Geology, Birding, Orienteering, Survival, Team Building and Pioneering.

Taft Campus is located near Oregon, Illinois. The scenic campus is next to the Rock River and adjacent to Lowden State Park. Students sleep dormitory style in bunk beds with boys and girls housed in separate rooms or buildings. Meals are served family style in the dining hall. Taft is a nut free campus and they are excellent at handling food allergy concerns.

View from the Dining Hall of the Rock River


9/17/22 - Paperwork Due

October 25-29th - Outdoor Education - Lorado Taft

  • Gold - 10/25 - 10/27

  • Maroon - 10/27-10/29



Nine sticks of with marshmellows over a campfire.
Students doing an activity. They are standing around in a circle.
Students gathering for morning meeting
Students participating in a night activity
Students are hiking on one of the trails
Students learning how to navigate with a compass
Students doing an inside activity at lorado Taft
A view of the gully at Lorado Taft.  Trees have fallen and the path is covered with leaves
Picture of the table set in the dining hall
Students using saws to cut lumber at the pioneering lesson
Students viewing the birds from the bird house
students riding the bus to taft