At CCA, we know that even simple experiences in nature have the power to heal and change lives. That’s why we’re offering a series of immersive outdoor adventures designed specifically for teens and young adults who are currently in or have recently completed treatment for a serious illness.

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CCA is partnering with REI and others to offer FREE, specialized outdoor adventures for teens and young adults. NatureRx outings are staffed by CCA program leaders, medical professionals, and expert outdoor instructors. Each 2-3 hour Portland-area outing includes food, gear, and access to all required equipment. Transportation assistance may also be available.

Scenic Train Ride & Tillamook Creamery Visit on the Oregon Coast

Saturday, November 10th @ 8:30 am – 3:45 pm

Open to all seriously-ill teens

Join us for a scenic, historic, train excursion along the Nehalem River and behold fall's vibrant array of color first hand. We will depart from Wheeler, OR for this 2-hour round-trip and will travel along the Oregon Coast with breathtaking views!

We will be meeting at a central Portland location and all riding together.

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Past Events

Zipline Adventure at Pumpkin Ridge Zip Tour

Saturday, October 27th @ 2:45 pm - 5:00 pm

Open to all seriously-ill teens

Get Ready to Soar! Pumpkin Ridge Zip Tour is one of the most intentionally designed tours in the United States and is just 30 minutes west of Portland. You will reach heights of up to 120 feet, can do seven separate zip lines, and three suspension bridges. There is also an option to walk along with the group from the ground, so no pressure to do more than you are comfortable! Snacks will be provided.

If you need transportation to attend, just let us know and we can arrange for rides from a central-Portland location.


Saturday, September 8, 2018 @ 11am - 1pm

Open to All Teen/Young Adult Patients Facing a Medical Challenge

Strengthen your body and mind at our NatureRx Yoga event held at Irving Park. Our certified yoga instructor has specific training in leading yoga with cancer patients, providing a safe and welcoming environment for all seriously ill teens and young adults. Lunch and a free yoga mat will be included.

Note: An alternate location will be provided in case of inclement weather.


Saturday, August 25, 2018 @ 10am - 2pm

Open to Hematology/Oncology Patients Plus 1 Additional Guest

Get out on the water in a two-person kayak! Professional guides at Willamette Park in West Linn will provide a fun, safe environment that matches the level of challenge you are seeking. Lunch and all necessary equipment will be provided.

Nature Photography

Monday, July 9, 2018 @ 5pm – 8pm

Open to All Teen/Young Adult Patients Facing a Medical Challenge

Learn to turn basic snapshots into beautiful Instagram-worthy compositions in this evening class led by an outdoor photography expert at the ADA accessible Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden with minimal walking required. Photographers of all experience levels are invited to attend (please bring your own camera and the owners’ manual if you have it). Dinner, and a printed copy of your favorite image will be included.


Saturday, June 2, 2018 @ 10am – 1pm

Open to Hematology/Oncology Patients Only

Explore the natural wonders of Forest Park and the Hoyt Arboretum while learning tips and tricks for enjoying your adventure. Three different hike options, ranging from a short walk to a more moderate hike, will be offered along with “base camp” activities for those who’d like to enjoy the outdoors but prefer not to hike. We'll also provide lunch, a visit from Roger the therapy dog, and awesome gear to take home with you.

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"We found that nature decreases the trauma response, improves cognitive function, and promotes healing. It doesn’t take away the adversity in their lives, but it buffers stress. Hormones, blood pressure, and heart rate normalize in nature.”

Nooshin Razani
Pediatrician & Director, Center for Nature & Healing
at Children's Hospital Oakland