Bringing the principles of learning through experience into our community.
Northwest Outward Bound School is dedicated to working closely with local organizations, schools and communities to bring the principles of high-impact wilderness learning to those that have historically been excluded from outdoor education and leadership opportunities.
By designing unique initiatives around the educational objectives and developmental needs of each partnership, we work closely with our collaborators to empower all our students to discover who they are and what they can achieve.
Programs like these would not be possible without support from you—our community of passionate staff, instructors, donors, and partners. Thank you. Make an online donation today!
Public Schools Program
Bringing Outdoor Education into the Classroom
Northwest Outward Bound Public Schools Program (PSP) brings the educational framework of our high-impact wilderness courses into Portland area classrooms, serving schools in communities that have historically been excluded from outdoor recreation and experiential education opportunities.
The Pinnacle Program is more than an Outward Bound wilderness course – it provides long-term support for youth historically excluded from outdoor education and leadership opportunities. Students go on a life-changing Outward Bound course, free of tuition, allowing them to step outside their comfort zone – physically and mentally – and see what they are capable of achieving.
Building a Foundation of Trust and Respect Between Young Black Men and Law Enforcement
The Word is Bondyouth program, created in partnership with the Portland Police Bureau, is a six-week summer community-building program that focuses on the dynamic between Portland youth and law enforcement.
Engaging and Empowering Native Youth and Communities Through Outdoor Education and Wilderness Programming
The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs and the Northwest Outward Bound School partnership was established to build culturally relevant programs in Central Oregon for the youth of the Warm Springs, Wasco, and Paiute tribes. The goal is to inspire youth to connect with tribal lands, ignite their interest in the outdoors, and create a pathway to outdoor education, advocacy, or industry.