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.
- 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 conditioning hikes and urban exploratory walks, and multi-day adventures in rock climbing, river rafting, surfing, sea kayaking, backpacking, and mountain climbing.
Favorite 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 Interim Director Lindsay Babbitt.