Outdoor Education

kayaking trip students and teachers in kayaks in the water

Educating the Whole Student through Outdoor Ed

Because our goal is to educate the whole student, we provide extensive avenues for students to learn and grow outside the classroom in ways that will enhance their emotional, social, and ethical development. Outdoor education at Catlin Gabel is an essential component of this effort.

The Catlin Gabel Outdoor Education program is guided by three competencies:
  • Stewardship: Students should take care of the environments in which they live, work, and play.
  • Expedition Behavior: A student should learn how to balance the needs of their group with their own.
  • Leadership: Students should behave in situationally appropriate ways that serve the goals of their group.

Our program provides opportunities for a variety of interests and levels, including one-day bike rides and urban exploratory walks, and multi-day adventures in rock climbing, whitewater rafting, surfing, sea kayaking, backpacking, mountain climbing, and more.

Classic trips include a Smith Rock climbing weekend in Central Oregon; a three-day bike trip from Mt. Hood to the Santiam River; rafting trips on the Deschutes and White Salmon Rivers; snowshoe and cross country ski day trips on Mt. Hood; and the Students of Color Affinity Trip at Camp Westwind on the Oregon Coast.

Financial assistance is available for most trips and programs.

For information and questions, please contact Outdoor Education Program Director Lindsay Babbitt.

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Past Outdoor Education Trip Highlights