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College Outdoors

College Outdoors develops students’ outdoor skills through experiential education, cultivates lifelong leaders, supports diversity, equity, and inclusion in the outdoors, and promotes a healthy Lewis & Clark community.

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. 


The Indigenous Land Our Community Occupies

Lewis & Clark College purposefully reflects on the history of the land it occupies in Multnomah County. Prior to the newcomers coming to this area, the indigenous land of this area was home to many tribal people. We honor the indigenous people on whose traditional and ancestral homelands we stand: the Multnomah, Kathlamet, Clackamas, Tumwater, and Watalala bands of the Chinook; the Tualatin Kalapuya; and many other indigenous nations of the Columbia River.

It is important to acknowledge the ancestors of this place and recognize that we are here because of the sacrifices forced upon them. In remembering these communities, we honor their legacy, their lives, and their descendants. 


  • Wallowas
    Due to the evolving nature of the Coronavirus outbreak, and the declaration of a National Emergency by the US President, College Outdoors has cancelled all trips and courses through the end of May, 2020.

    If you are signed up for a trip, you will be issued a full refund.

    We know this change will be disappointing for many of you, especially if you were planning to go on a spring break trip. Although we share your disappointment, this is an important step in doing our part as responsible community members and not causing the spread the virus to other parts of the state, or to more vulnerable populations than college students. 

    Please take care of yourselves, be kind to each other, practice social distancing, cover your cough with your elbow, wash your hands, and use your best Zen skills to stop touching your face (or use a clean tissue).
    Thank you,
    Joe Yuska, Director

June 2nd, 2020

  • Stand-Up Paddleboarding at Wallowa Lake 9:00am: New Student Trip Registration Opens
    Welcome New Pios!

    Every year new students have the opportunity to launch their Lewis & Clark collegiate career in a fun and adventurous way. The Pacific Northwest has a lot to offer and we love sharing what we are lucky enough to call our backyard!

    There are options for every interest, and financial aid is available. Trips include outdoor adventures; service learning; scientific research; or participating in the Portland arts scene. You’re going to love it!

July 1st, 2020

  • Sunset in the Wallowa Mountains All Day: Payments DUE for New Student Trips
    Payments are due for New Student Trips (NSTs) on Wednesday, July 1st for everyone who has received a trip placement and link to pay.

    Check your email for a link to pay online. Your trip payment link will include any applicable financial aid.

    For those who register later in the summer, your payment due date will be included in your trip placement email.

July 15th, 2020

August 26th, 2020

  • People sitting on a stand-up paddleboard 9:00am: NEW College Outdoors Trip Sign-Ups!
    Registration opens for these great trips:

    Stand-Up Paddleboard at Estacada Lake #1 (Sat. 9/5)
    Stand-Up Paddleboard at Estacada Lake #2 (Sun. 9/12)
    Raft the Deschutes River #1 (Fri. 9/11 - Sat. 9/12)
    Waldo Lake Kayaking Weekend (Fri. 9/11 - Sun. 9/13)
    Backpack Mt St Helens #1 (Fri. 9/11 - Sun. 9/13)
    Surf the Oregon Coast (Sat. 9/12)

    Sign up at the College Outdoors office in Templeton 244

August 31st, 2020

  • The Circuit bouldering gym 7:00pm: Climbing Shuttle to the Circuit
    Join us from 7:00 - 9:00pm for this FREE shuttle to the Circuit Bouldering Gym every Monday and Thursday. Climbing Club ( offers discounts on monthly gym passes. Sign up the day-of in Templeton 244.

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