In addition to local trips to museums, plays, and concerts, OFL is proud to partner with Pathways In Education to provide students with once-in-a-lifetime adventures. Pathways camps and programs are developed for OFL students to help guide them toward their dreams and goals through hands-on activities and unique cultural perspectives. From high ropes courses to historical reflections, Pathways’ opportunities afford students extraordinary lessons in teamwork, leadership, and self-confidence. The best part? All of these programs are 100% FREE to OFL students!
All students interested in participating in Pathway Trips must be in good academic standing. Directions on how to apply for each trip will be announced. All applications will be carefully reviewed and students will be notified if selected to participate in Pathways Trip.
** Please note- Pathways Trips are on hold during this time **
During a five day, four night trip to explore our nation’s capital in Washington DC., students earn elective credits while learning about American history as they tour museums and monuments. Student activities include visits to the Capitol building, White House, Smithsonian Museum, and the Lincoln Memorial. Students get a chance to develop their leadership styles by analyzing the historical influences they observe during the trip, and are encouraged to reflect on how these lessons can inspire them to leave their own mark in history.
Rocky Mountain Pathways Ranch
Rocky Mountain Pathways Ranch (RMPR) is located on 56 acres in Allenspark, Colorado, on the edge of Rocky Mountain National Park. RMPR allows students to take over the operations of a traditional dude-style ranch while earning school credits and community service hours. Day-to-day ranch tasks present new challenges to students, pushing them beyond their comfort zone to develop critical collaboration and leadership skills. Students leave the ranch with life-long lessons, friends, and memories.
Trips to RMPR include:
- Tending to horses, chickens, llamas, alpacas, and angora goats
- Saddling and riding horses
- Nature hikes
- Team-building and personal growth exercises
- Cultural and historical Colorado-themed classes
Pathways partners with a variety of non-profit organizations to give students the opportunity to experience community service by giving back to others, caring for animals and the environment. More details to come.
CSI Las Vegas
This is a new trip! More details to come.
Located on 240 stunning acres in Mendocino, California, Blackbird Farm is a safe and welcoming place where participants are educated in sustainable farming and healthy eating while connecting with nature and peers. Like most Pathways Experiential Programs, participating students are nominated by their teachers and complete an essay and interview before final selection, and earn school credit for their involvement.
Students at Blackbird Farm enjoy:
- Campfires with storytelling and s’mores
- Harvesting fruit from orchards of pears, apples, cherries, plums, and walnuts
- Fruit preserving, cheese making, bread making
- Attending farm-to-table classes
- Tending to chickens, sheep, donkeys, and cows
- Participating in high ropes team-building courses
- Journaling their farm experiences
Pathways College Tour takes students on a four day, three night fun and intensive tour, visiting five different colleges, including a public research university, a smaller public school, a private school, and a community college. At each destination, students visit classrooms, libraries, dormitory housing, bookstore, and lecture halls—they’ll even get to eat lunch in the campus cafeteria!
Students will get the chance to ask as many questions they like of their freshman tour guides about campus life, financial aid, and class schedules. In the evenings, students participate in workshops that will walk them through the process of filling out applications, obtaining references, and applying for financial aid, grants, and scholarships. Additionally, the tour will meet for evening workshops to discuss critical topics about the college application process and the transition from high school to college.