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Our staff’s top 5 hikes in San Diego County

This week, we’ve asked the best outdoor specialists —our very own Outdoor Outreach staff! to tell us about their favorite hikes in San Diego County. These guys spend most of their time outdoors, introducing teens from park-poor communities to the transformative power of their parks. As San Diego temperatures start to cool down, why not take the opportunity […]
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The Faces of Outdoor Outreach: Juan Alvarez

Juan is Outdoor Outreach’s Field Program & Logistics Coordinator. He’s been with Outdoor Outreach for 15 years and takes pride in being “one of the originals”. “Back when the organization was ran from [OO founder] Chris Rutgers’ apartment, back when we only had one small car to organize our outings, and used our personal climbing […]
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Making Memories Outdoors

What is your favorite memory from your childhood? For many of us, those treasured memories took place outside. Whether it was a hike through a towering forest, or day at the beach with family and friends, the outdoors provides the backdrop for many of our favorite adventures.Outdoor Outreach asked our El Cajon Valley High School […]
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The Lincoln Adventure Club Plays, Learns, Serves, and Shares

Outdoor Outreach’s vision is that youth everywhere will be inspired by the outdoors to play, learn, serve, and share. These four pillars lay the foundation for our outdoor recreation, environmental education, stewardship, and advocacy programs.The impact of our youth development programs is best described by the individual participants we work with each day. We asked […]
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Adventure Clubs Go Geocaching!

“What is geocaching?” was the overwhelming response from our Adventure Club participants after we announced the first trip of the year. After hearing that geocaching is a modern-day, outdoor treasure hunt, they were more than excited to try it out!Geocaching utilizes GPS enabled devices to track hidden “treasures.” With 2 million geocaches worldwide, there are […]
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Never Stop Smiling

What does exploration mean to you? For Vincent, the answer is simple: Find something you love, and Never Stop. Vincent’s journey to become an outdoor educator was not an easy one. Months after moving to San Diego, ten-year-old Vincent’s family found themselves homeless.  Then, he found Outdoor Outreach, and with it, people who helped him […]
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Support Miguel’s Recovery!

Miguel is a promising 18-year old from San Diego, who joined Outdoor Outreach’s Leadership Program in May 2015. Through the Leadership Program, Miguel has excelled as an outdoor educator, and positive role model and mentor for other young people. In addition to his role at Outdoor Outreach, Miguel is enrolled at Grossmont College, and recently began […]
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Reaching New Heights

Do you remember your first trip to a National Park? Whether you experienced towering mountains, powerful waterfalls, or new plants and animals, your trip was undoubtedly remarkable. For five Crawford High School Adventure Club participants, their first National Park experience was last month on an Outdoor Outreach overnight rock climbing trip to Joshua Tree. For […]
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