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College Outdoors

College Outdoors provides the Lewis & Clark College community with access to the spectacular outdoor environments of the Pacific Northwest through a variety of activities including cross-country skiing, backpacking, whitewater sports, sea kayaking, and hiking.

Participants find themselves at the mountains, rivers, deserts, and coasts that span across Oregon, California, and Washington. College Outdoors’ trips are open to Lewis & Clark undergraduates, graduate students, law students, faculty, and staff.  Trips promise friendly people, fresh air, and fantastic scenery.

College Outdoors offers practical leadership opportunities. Students are encouraged to get involved with College Outdoors by volunteering.  Continued involvement can lead to trip leading opportunities and other staff positions.

To sign up for a trip, visit the College Outdoors office in Templeton Campus Center or call 503-768-7116.

Please click here for our mission statement, and stop by our office to see our official policies and procedures. 

Events

April 20th, 2018

  • Image preview Deschutes Rafting #2
    Trip Sign Up Begins: 3/16/2018
    Central Oregon’s Deschutes River features seven major rapids in twelve miles, making this one of the premier rafting rivers in the state. You will get wet, and you need to paddle hard! This trip is not recommended for non-swimmers, although you’ll be led by experienced guides, and everyone has to wear a PFD on the river.  If you like whitewater—this is an awesome time!
    until April 21

April 21st, 2018

  • Image preview All Day: Deschutes Rafting #2
    Trip Sign Up Begins: 3/16/2018
    Central Oregon’s Deschutes River features seven major rapids in twelve miles, making this one of the premier rafting rivers in the state. You will get wet, and you need to paddle hard! This trip is not recommended for non-swimmers, although you’ll be led by experienced guides, and everyone has to wear a PFD on the river.  If you like whitewater—this is an awesome time!
  • Image preview All Day: Edible Plants, Ethnobotany, & Waterfalls Day Trip 2
    Spring on the sunny, dry side of the Columbia Gorge is amazing.  Learn to identify, as well as taste, some of the edible plants of the eastern part of the Columbia Gorge.  Learn about Native American uses of plants and trees.  Not only that, but learn about some of the poisonous plants you would want to avoid if you’re “wild foraging”!

April 22nd, 2018

  • Image preview All Day: Sea Kayak Day Trip #2
    Trip Sign Up Begins: 3/16/2018
    Sea kayaking around Oregon can bring you to scenery hard to see otherwise. We will kayak around Scappoose Bay or Sauvie Island.  Both of these areas are tidal and adjacent to the mighty Columbia River. Winding waterways take kayakers through wetland floodplain forests and marshlands.  Eagles, swans, and Sandhill cranes are often seen, and if you’re lucky, you may spot one of the resident river otters. Come paddle with us!

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