For more than half a century, Outward Bound Adventures has introduced inner city youth and families to the wonders of the out of doors where they are able to experience and learn about the environment, participate in and understand the importance of stewardship and learn about opportunities to work in the out of doors.
To achieve this goal, we collaborate with a variety of outdoor and community agencies that share our commitment to the natural environment and improving the lives of urban community members. They include:
U.S. Forest Service – The Forest Service has been a principal OBA partner for nearly our entire 52-year history and we have relied on the Forest Service for physical resources, program monies, careers and key personnel. OBA has run programs in the Angeles, Los Padres, Cleveland, Inyo and San Bernardino National Forests continuing up the coast to Gifford Pincho and Olympic National Forest in Washington State.
National Park Service – The National Park Service is a partner funder of OBA, sponsoring a variety of programs in Southern California. OBA youth and families have visited Sequoia/Kings Canyon, Death Valley, Manzanar, Mojave Preserve, Santa Monica Mountains, Joshua Tree, Yosemite National Park, Parashant (north side of Grand Canyon), Lassen, Devil’s Post Pile, Channel Islands and Lake Meade in Nevada, Olympic in Washington State and Volcanoes National Park in Hawaii.
Bureau of Land Management – Through the Bureau of Land Management our focus has been on opportunities for students to both learn about the natural environment and participate in paid work projects designed to improve local environments in the San Jacinto-Santa Rosa Mountains. OBA has also been involved with small BLM lands in California.
California Department of Parks and Recreation – The California State Parks and Recreation Department was one of the first agencies to hire OBA youth for summer work. Since then, we have worked closely with park leadership in the design of several OBA programs, the use of park staff and opportunities to join in park activities.
Pasadena Unified School District – As we are located in the City of Pasadena, OBA collaborates extensively with the PUSD involving youth in a variety of activities. At the behest of the school district OBA operates programs on a number of campuses, including afterschool programs, summer programs, leadership programs, internships and work programs with the principal outdoor agencies and other employment opportunities for youth.
Others – Other collaborators include: Los Angeles Unified School District, Los Angeles Department of Family and Children’s Services, Mountain Recreation and Conservation Authority, National Parks Conservation Association, California Council of Land Trusts, Oak Environmental Crest Labs, Los Angeles County Sheriffs’ Department, Pasadena Water and Power Department, Southern California Edison, Thacher School and REI.
Besides these key agencies that both assist and provide funding and other resources, OBA works with a variety of community agencies that provide resources and funding, as well as community coordination, resources for families and youth, youth employment, educational resources and access to other agencies that may help or have interest in OBA programs.