GiveBIG – May 9th!

We are all more capable At Northwest Outward Bound School, we create environments that facilitate self-discovery. Our experiential programs cultivate teamwork, personal growth, and shift how an individual perceives themselves, their potential, and their role in the community. #GiveBIG, May 9th, 2018 – Double Your Impact GiveBIG and change lives. This will be Northwest Outward... Continue Reading →



A few years ago, I started running. As a life-long climber and skier with an impulse towards gravity sports, I hadn't considered running as a fit for me. If I'm to be honest with myself, I think it had more to do with not being a strong runner than any other convenient excuse. As the... Continue Reading →

Staff Transitions

PERSONALLY, I'M NOT READY FOR THE LOSS OF FEAR. I LIKE THE SWEET SPOT OF FEAR AND COURAGE. THAT'S WHERE MOUNTAINS GET SCALED AND RIVERS DESCENDED AND THE HEROES STILL COME HOME. — Florence Williams Summer is right around the corner and with the changing season comes a flurry of activity in Portland, Odin Falls,... Continue Reading →

Changing Lives. Changing Society.

Wow, Elyse! We are so proud, and humbled, to support and partner with Elyse Rylander as a trailblazer in the outdoor industry for LGBTQ communities. As the founder of Out There Adventures, we are lucky to have had Elyse support Northwest Outward Bound School in our own diversity and equity training, as well as our... Continue Reading →

Women’s History Month

At Northwest Outward Bound School, one of our core values is Inclusion and Diversity. We live in an exciting era, and this Women's History Month is just another reason to celebrate women of all backgrounds. We applaud those standing up in confidence and resilience to say #MeToo, #TimesUp, embracing feminism and leadership. We encourage women... Continue Reading →

Journey to Outward Bound

Northwest Outward Bound School has some of the most dedicated staff members in existence and they all have unique stories about how they came to Outward Bound and why they stay here for so long. Ina Clark started at Outward Bound in 1990 and served eight consecutive seasons as an instructor. After taking time off... Continue Reading →

Safety at NWOBS

Safety is a central part of Northwest Outward Bound School's identity and ability to operate successful and transformative courses for our students. Risk and uncertainty are central to adventure and personal growth. Embracing this philosophy, Northwest Outward Bound School is committed to identifying, assessing and mitigating hazards, while at the same time providing real and... Continue Reading →

NWOBS Staff Do It All!

The NWOBS staff don't just do an amazing job supporting the Outward Bound mission, they also volunteer on Mt. Hood, run ultra marathons, explore the Arctic, and hike extreme distances. Alpine Patrol 2017 is Portland Program Manager, Robyn Gelfand's sixth season as a Volunteer Alpine Patroller on Mt. Hood Ski Patrol, the oldest ski patrol... Continue Reading →

Why We Give

When you give to NWOBS today, your gift will be matched up to $5,000, so donate now! On this #GivingTuesday the NWOBS staff shares why they give back to their community and to nonprofits like NWOBS. "I think it comes down to gratitude and responsibility. I’m grateful for opportunities I’ve had in life and that... Continue Reading →

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