Outdoor Youth Education Programs

Friends’ outdoor youth programs highlight wonders of the Gorge

Outdoor Youth Education Programs
Portland middle-schoolers learn about the Gorge at the Great Gorge Wahoo!, one of Friends' two outdoor education programs. (photographer: Nick Wiltgen)

Educating the public about the importance of protecting the beautiful, unique Columbia Gorge is part of our mission. 

The goal of Friends’ three outdoor youth education programs  Explore the GorgeThe Great Gorge Wahoo! and Mosier Field Days – is to expose local youth to the Columbia Gorge's wonders and significance as a national treasure, as well as tell the story of its preservation through the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Act. These programs aim to provide powerful memories that will develop and inspire the next generation of Gorge protectors, deepening children's connection to the natural world just outside their doorstep.

June 21, 2018 | Overcoming Barriers to Accessing Nature | Erin Middlewood
July 26, 2018 | Inspiring the Next Generation of Gorge Stewards | Erin Middlewood
Outdoor Education Roundup (2017) 
Bringing Students to the Gorge