Nature is a necessity for all communities.

Our Vision

OBA will ensure that youth from diverse communities will have access to nature, environmental education, leadership development and preparation for careers in conservation.

Our Mission

Changing lives of diverse youth through challenging outdoor learning experiences.

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OBA's Environmental Justice Art Windows at Patagonia Stores

We are happy to announce a partnership with Patagonia to display a window art piece at their Pasadena and Santa Monica locations. The art pieces will be displayed at both Southern California stores for 6 months. The partnership allows visibility of Outward Bound Adventure's "Diversify The Outdoors" Call To Action and gives people an opportunity to learn how they can support.

The art piece was commissioned by LP Ækili Ross the grandson of one of OBA's founders, Bud Ross. Please visit https://www.bylp.art/ to see more of LP's amazing art. This piece depicts four OBA participants enjoying the San Gabriel Mountains, a Southern California location where Outward Bound Adventures has been taking youth for over 60 years.

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Who We Are

Outward Bound Adventures (OBA) was founded in 1962 in Northwest Pasadena by four educators who strongly believed their students would benefit from time spent in nature. Today, Outward Bound Adventures is the oldest nonprofit in the nation dedicated to engaging youth, families, and young adults of color in culturally relevant outdoor experiences

Click HERE to learn more about our rich history.

 

Our Programs

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Environmental Studies Expeditions

Experiential camping and backpacking trips that occur year-round. These trips range from day trips to 20+ day expeditions!

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Diverse Outdoor Leaders Institute

Training Outdoor Leaders from culturally diverse backgrounds. For more information and to apply to the next cohort please click below.

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Environmental Restoration Teams

 Provides youth 16 years and older who are interested in outdoor conservation with short to long term paid hands-on work experience.

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Youth Advisory Council

A youth led program that develops conservation and leadership skills

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Teach Me to Camp

Values Clarification, Goal Setting, and Camping Education for families from underrepresented communities

Relying upon our history and experience, we have integrated these seven areas of focus into each of our programs. We found that they are the most successful at affecting education and behavior in youth and families.

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ECO - LITERACY

CULTURAL LITERACY

COMMUNITY BUILDING

PHYSICAL

CHALLENGE

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

OUTDOOR CAREERS IN CONSERVATION

STEWARDSHIP ETHICS & LEAVE NO TRACE PRINCIPLES

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