Outdoor Youth Education Programs
Educating the public about the importance of protecting the beautiful, unique Columbia Gorge is part of our mission
Washougal, Washington, middle-schoolers learn about the Gorge at Explore the Gorge, one of Friends' outdoor education programs. (photographer: Cate Hotchkiss)

Friends’ outdoor youth education programs aspire to expose local youth to the Columbia Gorge's wonders and significance as a national treasure, as well as tell the story of its preservation through the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Act.

Our goal is help students overcome barriers to nature, deepen their connection to the natural world just beyond their doorstep, and provide powerful memories that will develop and inspire the next generation of Gorge protectors.