Vision and Mission


We envision a Columbia Gorge community that engages youth to connect their curiosity with their natural surroundings, so every child can experience the interconnectedness of the natural world. We cultivate students’ interactions with the earth in hope that they will create a ripple effect that moves out in widening circles of care and stewardship.


We nurture all children’s sense of belonging, wonder, and connection within the greater Columbia River Gorge region through science and outdoor education.

Our approach is to send dynamic educator teams, working in partnership with schools and teachers, to share ecological principles at all learning levels through place-based and experiential programming; to be inclusive and culturally responsive; to build lasting relationships and develop leaders in the outdoors; and we do it at no cost to participating students.

We are the only Gorge-based non-profit dedicated entirely to connecting youth with the outdoors.