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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

  • Silhouette of students at sunset

    College Outdoors stands in solidarity and support of our community members experiencing and rising up against systemic racism and oppression. The horrific killings of Black Americans is embedded in U.S. history, and the recent murder of George Floyd has brought a necessary national focus to the persistent and deep-rooted systemic injustices within our society. We hope you will join us in being heartbroken, enraged, and motivated to get to work…

September 26th, 2020

  • Backpack training trip 2019 5:00pm: Backpacking Leadership Clinic Section 2
    Interested in leadership positions at College Outdoors?

    This overnight backpacking clinic will introduce you to the basics of how to lead College Outdoors trips, with a focus on backpacking skills!
    until 12:00pm on September 27

September 27th, 2020

  • Backpack training trip 2019 Backpacking Leadership Clinic Section 2
    Interested in leadership positions at College Outdoors?

    This overnight backpacking clinic will introduce you to the basics of how to lead College Outdoors trips, with a focus on backpacking skills!
    until 12:00pm on September 27

October 2nd, 2020

  • A person with brown hair and a blue shirt looks excitedly at the camera. They are holding their p... 3:15pm - 4:45pm: Natural Foods Harvesting Workshop
    Grab your friends, or come make new friends, and learn what tasty berries,  nuts, natural teas, and fruits are available right on campus and in Riverview Natural Area!
  • Person with a backpacking pack on a hiking trail in the forest 5:00pm: Intro to Backpacking (Overnight Clinic)
    Haven’t backpacked before? Learn the basics in an overnight trip to an area where we have special permission to camp. We’ll leave from campus and hike to a forested location where we’ll teach you how to set up your single person tent (provided)
    until 12:00pm on October 3

October 3rd, 2020

  • Person with a backpacking pack on a hiking trail in the forest Intro to Backpacking (Overnight Clinic)
    Haven’t backpacked before? Learn the basics in an overnight trip to an area where we have special permission to camp. We’ll leave from campus and hike to a forested location where we’ll teach you how to set up your single person tent (provided)
    until 12:00pm on October 3

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