About Us

Christopher Rutgers founded Outdoor Outreach in 1999 with the vision and conviction that giving underserved youth the opportunity to develop passion and joy in the outdoors would be transformative. In the last thirteen years, Outdoor Outreach has served over 7,200 at-risk and underprivileged youth through our programs. Our programming has evolved from short trips into the local mountains and beaches to more comprehensive multi-year curricula designed to provide the youth we serve with the support, relationships, and opportunities they need to become successful adults.

Outdoor Outreach programs support underserved youth in San Diego County who are at risk for school dropout, substance abuse, violence and unintended pregnancy. We are the only agency in San Diego, and one of just a few in the country, to utilize outdoor physical experiences to provide youth with the support, relationships, resources and opportunities they need to become successful adults.