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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

  • Two students on their New Student Trip in the Mt. Adams Wilderness

    College Outdoors is excited to announce that for 2020, we will be offering the New Student Trip experience with a virtual platform, allowing us to serve ALL new students, in a format that is both more inclusive, and free!

  • 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…

  • Brothers and alumni Stein and Thor Retzlaff trained for years to survive one of the most remote areas in the world. The expedition to the Atomfjella mountain range in Norway tested their survival skills, while also allowing them to ski incredible peaks and couloirs (steep mountainside gorges). They captured the experience in their short film, “AREA 11.”

July 21st, 2020

  • 4:00pm - 5:00pm: College Outdoors Summer Social
    Let’s stay connected throughout the summer! Join the College Outdoors community in some fun, games, and socializing at our  summer socials! Newly admitted students and folks new to College Outdoors are welcome.

August 4th, 2020

  • 4:00pm - 5:00pm: College Outdoors Summer Social
    Let’s stay connected throughout the summer! Join the College Outdoors community in some fun, games, and socializing at our  summer socials! Newly admitted students and folks new to College Outdoors are welcome.

August 17th, 2020

  • gorge All Day: Virtual New Student Trips

    On these virtual “trips” new students will build meaningful friendships, benefit from the experience of current student leaders, and learn what their new home has to offer. Virtual New Student Trips (V-NSTs) are a lot of fun and will leave you feeling excited for your new life as a Lewis & Clark College student.

    until August 20

August 18th, 2020

  • gorge All Day: Virtual New Student Trips

    On these virtual “trips” new students will build meaningful friendships, benefit from the experience of current student leaders, and learn what their new home has to offer. Virtual New Student Trips (V-NSTs) are a lot of fun and will leave you feeling excited for your new life as a Lewis & Clark College student.

    until August 20

August 19th, 2020

  • gorge All Day: Virtual New Student Trips

    On these virtual “trips” new students will build meaningful friendships, benefit from the experience of current student leaders, and learn what their new home has to offer. Virtual New Student Trips (V-NSTs) are a lot of fun and will leave you feeling excited for your new life as a Lewis & Clark College student.

    until August 20

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