Outdoor Outreach operates four impactful programs: Adventure Club, Partner, Military, and Leadership.
These programs support youth in San Diego County who may not otherwise have the opportunities to experience outdoor recreation, environmental education, and stewardship activities.
Outdoor Outreach Leadership youth will receive 500 hours of training.
Leadership participants will facilitate 120 recreational outings as paid instructors.
Leadership youth will attend 25 advocacy training and speaking events.
Outdoor Outreach facilitates after- school local Adventure Clubs at three Title I high schools.
Each club has approximately 50 members, and members have the opportunity to attend over 40 outdoor outings throughout the year.
The majority of participants in these clubs have little or no prior exposure to the outdoors; for many, these outings represent opportunities to try and accomplish things they never thought possible, like surfing their first wave in Coronado, or reaching new heights while rock climbing at Dixon Lake.
In 2015, 115 Adventure Club students were connected to the transformative power of the outdoors through our impactful outings.
Outdoor Outreach is a resource to more than 30 schools and community-based organizations working with youth and their families.
We tailor our partnerships for maximum impact, customizing fee-for-service outings and programs to fit the needs of each group. With our partner programs, we invest in each participant’s development and growth. If your organization is interested in partnering, please contact Joe McLeod at Joe@outdooroutreach.org
In July 2015, Outdoor Outreach partnered with El Cajon Valley High School’s PRIDE Program to facilitate a day of aquatic adventure. Over 40 students, all recent immigrants to San Diego, participated in teambuilding games, kayaking, and stand up paddling.
The PRIDE summer program offers youth who are new to San Diego the opportunity to learn more about the community. Students spend three weeks learning new vocabulary and practicing their verbal and written English. This program helps them meet their graduation requirement for the district in geography, while continuing their study of culture and practicing English.
The Military Program provides San Diego youth from active-duty military families with the opportunity to engage in safe, positive, and fun outdoor activities.
One youth shared his experience about his favorite part of their trip, “The fact that the instructors and volunteers got involved and actually participated with us. I loved making new friends and doing new things.”
Outdoor Outreach has provided 107 outdoor recreation, education and environmental stewardship activities for more than 330 individual military youth since 2012.
Outdoor Outreach's 2016 Military Initiative is supported by generous grants from The Rose Foundation and Cushman Foundation.
We believe that with each chance to surf, bike, hike or kayak, we're also giving youtha reason and opportunity to care about nature.
Leave No Trace helps reinforce our mission, reminding us to respect the places where we play so future generations can enjoy those places, too. We lead by example, teaching youth to respect themselves, others, and the environment by demonstrating that same respect in our words and actions. We embrace the core principles of Leave No Trace on every program we provide, allowing each young person to discover how those principles can be applied to the world around them.
Building on those stepping stones of engagement, we provide opportunities for hundreds of youth every year to participate in hands-on environmental education and stewardship during out-of-school time. Through projects like trail maintenance and native species planting, we’re providing opportunities for urban youth to find, appreciate and care for nature, and to make a difference in their communities and beyond.
- 91% of participants increased their environmental stewardship
- 97% of participants increased their participation in positive activities outside of outdoor outreach
Through Outdoor Outreach’s Leadership Program, 8 participants each year have the opportunity to develop leadership skills through professional outdoor education that can position them for new career possibilities.
The program is highly individualized and promotes each participant’s natural leadership strengths. Upon acceptance to the program, each participant works with OO staff to create a personal Leadership Development Plan to track their progress in developing their life and technical skill goals.
Participants develop leadership skills by participating in and shadowing staff on monthly recreational and civic engagement outings, attending quarterly trainings and meeting one-on-one with program staff. Through active participation in programs, students have the opportunity to see a variety of different leadership styles and practice a variety of roles and responsibilities within outings. They are expected to participate as a member of the staff team and take responsibility over aspects of the activities and lessons.