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The Northwest Outward Bound School was founded in 1965, and since its inception, thousands of students have experienced positive life-changing experiences in the magnificent almost other-worldly settings of the great Pacific Northwest. 

Lush forests with some of the tallest trees on earth and volcanic mountain landscapes are the classrooms where the Northwest Outward Bound School provides learning opportunities that strengthen character, build leadership skills, inspire compassion and help create an ethic of social and environmental responsibility. 

Approximately 500 students and 100 military veterans participate in powerful wilderness programs using the Odin Falls Base Camp outside Redmond, Ore., and the Mazama Base Camp situated in the stunning Methow Valley in Mazama, Wash. In 2011, the Portland Center was opened to make elements of wilderness programs accessible to lower-income individuals and urban youth.

With a breadth and depth of incredible course areas and course offerings and some of the most gifted field instructors in the Outward Bound system, students will be challenged, inspired and amazed at what they are capable of.

Featured Course 

Northwest Instructor Development - Oregon

The Northwest Instructor Development Course in Oregon is an extraordinary expedition that combines beautiful environments and challenging activities with an intensive educational curriculum emphasizing the skills needed to work in the field of outdoor and adventure education.


San Juan Islands Sailing

Spend two weeks exploring the rugged coastlines of the San Juan Islands off the Northwest coast of Washington State. Start out in the working port town of Anacortes, Washington -  the gateway to the San Juan Islands. 


Northwest Sailing & Alpine Backpacking

Designed for high school students seeking a life-changing, challenging adventure, this 18-day sailing and alpine backpacking course combines beautiful natural environments with an intensive curriculum emphasizing leadership, character development and an ethic of service





Northwest Outward Bound School Course Areas 


Canoeing, Sea KayakingBackpackingRock ClimbingMountaineeringService ProjectsWhitewater Rafting, Ski Mountaineering and Alpine Backpacking.



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