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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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NatureRx Events

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 and expert outdoor instructors. Each Portland-area outing includes food, gear, and access to all required equipment. Transportation assistance may also be available.


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Upcoming Events

CCA is closely monitoring and adhering to all local and federal guidelines to protect the health of the kids and families we serve, our staff, volunteers, partners, and those in our community. With that said, all Out & About events hosted by REI are postponed until further notice. As we continue to assess the rapidly evolving situation, we will keep you informed of any changes to our programs.

Out & About is providing teens and young adults with on-going lists of free, virtual, nature-based activities and resources that can be accessed from home.

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Past Events

Past NatureRx events have included kayak tours, hikes, outdoor photography, ziplining, and snowshoeing.

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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

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