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Creating Space for Families in the Outdoors

Written by Ben McCue, Executive Director, Outdoor OutreachAt Outdoor Outreach, we believe that outdoor experiences with friends and family can be transformative.In light of the current health crisis and economic recession, our work is more critical than ever before.Last month, I joined our Programs team at an event in collaboration with Barrio Logan College Institute, […]
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Outdoor Retailer Inspiration Award goes to Outdoor Outreach Program Graduate

Program Graduate receives Outdoor Retailer Inspiration AwardOutdoor Outreach Leadership Program graduate, Tatianna Butte, has an especially inspiring story of personal resilience that she connects to her healing experiences in the outdoors.Tati was a participant with our 2019 Leadership Program cohort and has since grown into a fierce advocate for increased outdoor access for diverse youth, […]
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20 Years. 20 Stories. | No. 15 with Refrain Joseph

Refrain Joseph Shares His Outdoor Outreach StoryRefrain was first introduced to Outdoor Outreach through his friends in high school. Refrain shared with us that Outdoor Outreach “is a place that always brightens my day.”Says Refrain, “I remember once an instructor called me positive. At the time I didn’t really think of myself as such, but […]
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20 Years. 20 Stories. | No. 6 with Meli

Meli’s journey from free floating polyp to blooming sea anemoneMeli found Outdoor Outreach in 2017 and went on a snorkeling trip. Little did she know that this trip would introduce her to passion, marine biology. But, Meli’s journey of success was not easy and full of hardships. In telling us her story, she mentions how […]
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20 Years. 20 Stories. | Q & A with Outdoor Outreach founder Chris Rutgers

We sat down with Outdoor Outreach founder Chris Rutgers to talk about his founding principles, his vision for the organization, and one very important aha moment. Chris founded Outdoor Outreach in 1999, and the vision that he catalyzed is just as present in our work today as it was 20 years ago.   Our 20th Anniversary […]
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Outdoor Outreach will Partner with Rady Children’s Hospital

Outdoor Outreach will Partner with Rady Children’s Hospital in Support of Local Youth Experiencing Mental Health Challenges The unique, collaborative effort will offer teens a program centered on nature-based experiences designed to help them overcome their challenges outside of the traditional therapy setting.  Outdoor Outreach, a nonprofit dedicated to serving disadvantaged youth through transformative year-round, trauma-informed […]
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San Diego’s Environmental Champions

Outdoor Outreach was recently awarded the Leave No Trace Youth Program Accreditation from the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics (LNT), a national organization that protects the outdoors by teaching and inspiring people to enjoy it responsibly. The Leave No Trace Youth Program Accreditation engages youth-serving programs with the essential standards and assessment resources that […]
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Corporate Volunteer Opportunities with Outdoor Outreach

Is your company looking for ways to give back to the community where you work?Our corporate sponsorship activities are the perfect opportunity to get more connected to community organizations and to learn more about nonprofit organizations like Outdoor Outreach. Our volunteering opportunities connect corporate volunteers with Outdoor Outreach youth, instructors and staff in a mutually […]
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