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College Outdoors

If you have any questions about College Outdoors programs or events, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.

College Outdoors Staff


The Roundtable 

The Roundtable is a student-run steering committee that aids in the decision making process for various aspects of the College Outdoors program. It was created a year after the College Outdoors program in 1980 but has not always been fully active. In 2001, the committee started up again and has since been a driving force behind many changes to the program.

The students work on various issues such as budgeting, assigning assistant leaders/student coordinators to trips, adapting and editing policy, and creating and running programs that further influence the program’s contributions to the Lewis & Clark community. One notable contribution of the Roundtable was the inception of a scholarship program starting the spring of 2012.

The Roundtable provides an outlet for staff, trip leaders, assistant leaders, student coordinators, and participants to voice their opinions about the current state of the program and what they would like to do to enrich it.   

The Fall 2018 Roundtable committee consists of Samuel Alper (’19), Ariel Moyal (’19), Holden Jones (’19), Kurt Neumaier (’20) and full-time staff members Joe Yuska, Thom Lehman, and Kori Rosenstiel. 



Division of Student Life

College Outdoors is a department in the division of Student Life. You can learn more about College Outdoors activities and what’s happening in Student Life from the annual Briefing Book.

Mission Statement

College Outdoors develops students’ outdoor skills through experiential education, cultivates lifelong leaders, and promotes a healthy Lewis & Clark community. College Outdoors provides a comprehensive outdoor activity program and the resources to support that program contributing to the development of programs and the overall educational mission of Lewis and Clark College.

First aid training, work/study positions, instructional skill workshops, on-campus lectures and local events, and an outdoor information resource center are provided by the program, but the central service provided by College Outdoors is the series of outdoor trips on weekends and during vacation breaks to wild lands throughout the Pacific Northwest and the western portions of the continent.

Outdoor education is a collaborative effort of students, faculty, and staff who offer outdoor recreation opportunities that provide enriching experiences to as broad a cross section of the College community as possible.

The College Outdoors program encourages the personal and social development of college students, and other members of the Lewis and Clark community, through intensive involvement in wilderness trips where social barriers are minimized, cooperative responsibility emphasized, and there is opportunity for solitude and positive social experiences among a group of peers.

The College Outdoors program primarily serves undergraduate students. Law and graduate students, alumni, and other members of the College community are welcome to make use of the trips and resources available through the program. College Outdoors also provides services not only for individual participants, but also to other institutional departments and offices in support of their programs.


Policies & Procedures

Click here for a copy of our Policies & Procedures brochure. 


National Forest Non-Discrimination Policy

Lewis & Clark College is a permittee of the Mt. Hood National Forest.  In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, Lewis & Clark is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of ancestry, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.  To file a complaint, write, USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD).  USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.