Field Studies

  • Each spring, our high school students, faculty and staff participate in our annual week-long field studies. These excursions provide the opportunity to use classroom knowledge in real-world, experiential settings. 

    All freshman and new students participate in the Wildhorse experience, while upperclassmen can choose from a variety of options. Additionally, some students receive permission to complete an independent Field Study, most often for touring colleges.

  • Options for 2018-19

    Below are brief descriptions of this year’s Field Studies experiences. Students will be asked to rank their top choices during an Advisory period after winter break.

    Keep in mind:

    • All freshmen and new upperclassmen are automatically assigned to the Wildhorse experience.
    • Selections have already been made for upper grade Wildhorse directors, leaders and logistical helpers
    • All other students are asked to carefully consider the experiences below.


    Come Play with Clay

    Visit different venues that display ceramic works and learn to identify the techniques used to make them. Learn the skills and various techniques for ceramic hand building such as slab work, coiling and sculpting. Students will work in the RHS studio for four days. Each student will not only learn various skills and techniques, they will also design and build an art piece of their own. Lunch will be provided each day. 

    Geek Week PDX

    Check out the best of Geek Culture and Fandom Portland has to offer, including gaming, the comic industry, tech, etc. Beat an escape room, view films, participate in tabletop and video gaming, earn service hours with Free Geek, and much, much more. 

    Geology Northwest

    Explore the great outdoors of the past and present — try fossil collecting, rock hunting, hiking, rock climbing and exploring volcanoes. Learn about how great floods, inland seas and lava lakes changed the landscape around us. Come rock with us! 

    Printmaking Intensive

    Learn the graphic art of letterpress, silk-screen and lithography printmaking in a professional studio. We will create and print visually striking t-shirt designs, posters, cards and more on antique, as well as modern, printing presses. 

    NW Filmmaking

    Be part of a film crew! Use professional HD digital cameras, lights and microphones. Learn industry standard software and get directly involved in scripting, planning, casting, directing, working with actors, shooting, lighting, sound recording, editing and more! 

    Mindful Innovation: The PDX Experience

    Explore the manifestation of innovation in Portland by visiting cutting edge retail establishments such as Looptworks and Portland Gear, participating in a lecture series hosted by Portland State University’s Impact Investing Department, and exploring the local art scene with David Schell. Each day we will select a different cart or restaurant unique to Portland. 

    Golf Oregon

    Each day, students will play a different course, enjoy lunch and assess their performance over the course of the week. 

    Local College Tour

    Visit local college visits — Portland State Honors College, Linfield College, Reed College, University of Portland, etc. Students travel to the schools, take tours of the campuses, have lunch and attend an information session with the admissions office. 

    Fun with Fire

    Learn to make things with heat and fire. Possibilities include welding, blacksmithing, glass blowing and grilling. 

    Museum and Eats

    Each day, we will visit and tour a different museum or tourist destination. Examples include Portland Art Museum, OMSI, Portland Japanese Garden and more. We will break each day for lunch at a student chosen “foodie” restaurant.

    Independent Option

    If you sign up for an independent option, such as college visits or an off-site service project, ensure that you have the required paperwork submitted by Monday, Jan. 14.