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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. 

Events

April 21st, 2019

  • All Day: Sea Kayak Day Trip #1
    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!

April 26th, 2019

  • Rafting the Deschutes 5:00pm: Deschutes Rafting #3
    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 4:00pm on April 27

April 27th, 2019

  • waterfall All Day: Edible Plants, Ethnobotany,& Waterfalls Day Trip 3
    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”!
  • All Day: Sea Kayak Day Trip #2
    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!
  • Rafting the Deschutes 12:00am: Deschutes Rafting #3
    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 4:00pm

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