• In this Oct. 6, 2016 photo, Outdoor School students walk through the dense forest on their way to a lesson at Camp Howard in Mount Hood National Forest near Corbett, Ore. The outdoor education is unique to Oregon and is a rite-of-passage for public school students that's meant to instill a respect for nature in each generation--studies show it improves attendance and boosts test scores. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

    Oregon weighs whether all kids should get outdoor education

    MOUNT HOOD NATIONAL FOREST, Ore. (AP) — Each year, thousands of Oregon parents hug their kids goodbye and send them tramping into the wilderness for up to a week to learn about their state’s natural wonders.