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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. 


January 23rd, 2021

  • Image shows: Two people in the snow, dressed in warm jackets and hats posing with their arms cros... 12:00pm: SNOW DAY FUN!
    If we get an SNOW on campus, check in for cool opportunities like cross-country skiing clinics and snow shelter building!
  • Two people lean over a campfire and blow air onto it 3:00pm - 4:30pm: Fire Starting with Bow-Drills
    Grab your “pod” mates, and come learn how to start a fire without matches!

January 24th, 2021

  • Image shows a person wearing a blue hat, puffy jacket, red pants, and yellow crocs kneeling in th... 12:00pm - 1:30pm: Edible Plants & Ethnobotany
    Grab your “pod” mates, and come learn about the Native American uses of plants, and which ones are good to eat, right here on the L&C campus and in the surrounding natural areas!

January 30th, 2021

  • Image shows an up-close picture of a person’s hands holding an earthstar mushroom. The person i... 12:00pm - 1:30pm: Truffle Mushroom Hunting
    Have you ever heard about the decadent truffle mushroom?! Take on the challenge of hunting for these elusive fungi! Join College Outdoors to hunt for truffle mushrooms and learn about other fungi identification.
  • Image shows colorful fall leaves set in a clear dome of resin. Resin dome sits on a solid white b... 12:30pm - 1:30pm: Nature Resin Crafts Workshop
    Learn how to make a craft using resin and other natural materials!

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