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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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Yoga & Meditation

Saturday, November 9 | 12:15 pm – 2 pm at YoYoYogi in NW Portland
  • Discover a happier and stronger version of yourself after a relaxing yoga and meditation session (followed by lunch).
  • Learn gentle yoga postures and mediation from YoYoYogi experts
  • Develop strength, balance, and flexibility surrounded by a down-to-earth vibe and soothing music
  • Open to ALL levels of experience
  • Lunch and gear provided!
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Past Events

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Saturday, October 19 | 10:00 am - 1:00 pm at Eastmoreland Golf Course

Learn or practice your golf game even if it’s raining!

  • Join us at Eastmoreland Golf Course’s covered driving range to practice your shot
  • Never held a golf club before? No problem!
  • Get coached by PGA Professional Ray Commella!
  • Learn basic fundamentals of putting and a full swing

No experience is necessary | Lunch & all equipment provided

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August 18-19, 2019

End of Summer Celebration Campout

Sign up now to reserve your spot in the first ever CCA-REI Campout! The overnight will be full of fun activities and time around the campfire. All camping gear, food, and transportation included. Just bring yourself and a change of clothes.

Sunday, July 21, 2019 from 6pm to 9pm

Sunset Stand Up Paddle Boarding

Break out of your usual evening routine and join our instructors for a sunset tour at one of our favorite paddling destinations! After some basic instruction, we’ll take a short paddle tour of the area and end with a fireside sunset view.

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Saturday, June 29, 2019 from 8:15am-1:45pm

Kayak Tour

Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge is a unique and scenic paddle destination, rich in wildlife, history and visual splendors. Situated along the multitude of channels of the Columbia River, this is one of the most rewarding paddles in the area and will feature ample opportunities for spotting wildlife, along with views of Mt. Hood and Mt. St. Helens. Tour includes basic paddle instruction and all equipment and transportation will be provided.

Saturday, May 18,2019 from 8:30am-12pm

Muddy Boots Hike

It might be raining, but that is no reason to put away your boots. The 2.4-mile easy hike on the Latourell Falls loop trail boasts two waterfalls bursting from fern-dotted, basalt column formations. REI Outdoor School Instructors will teach tips to make hiking more comfortable, share Leave No Trace and Ten Essentials information and discuss the natural and cultural history of the Columbia River Gorge. All equipment and transportation provided.

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Saturday, April 13, 2019 | 10am to 1pm

Intro to Outdoor Photography at Hoyt Arboretum

Cameras don’t take pictures, people do. But cameras are not always easy to understand. Learn the basics of photographic exposure in a beautiful setting. In this class you will learn how to best use ISO, shutter-speed and aperture to capture the exact image you have in mind. Learn tips and tricks for better compositions are discussed and can be used for photos with ANY camera.

Saturday, March 23, 2019 | 10am-1:30pm

Cycling: Bike Repair & Burncycle

Don’t let a surprise on the trail cancel your ride! Join REI’s expert bike techs for this hands-on workshop addressing the most common trailside bike issues. Busted chains, noisy drivetrains, and broken spokes are all on the agenda with plenty of get-your-hands-dirty chances to practice along the way. Bring your own bike or practice on one of theirs. To complete the event, we will walk to the BurnCycle studio to learn about stationary bikes, how to clip in and add tension, and even cycle for a few songs to get the full Burn experience!

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Saturday, February 2, 2019 | 10am-12pm

Essential Wilderness Skills

If you want to camp or backpack and do not know where to start, this is the class for you. REI’s experienced instructors will share tips & tricks to help hone your outdoor skills while providing ample opportunity for demonstrations, discussion, skills practice, and questions. You’ll discuss the importance of the 10 essentials, campsite selection, and proper layering while understanding mechanisms of heat loss/gain. Hands-on skills practice will include knot tying, shelter set-up, and water purification. All equipment for sampling is provided as well as lunch.

Sunday, January 27, 2019 | 8am – 4pm

Snowshoes and S’mores

What could be better than enjoying a hike in a winter wonderland? Warming yourself by a fire while eating s’mores afterward, of course. Join us and REI instructors on a scenic snowshoe tour of one of Oregon’s best winter trails. Enjoy the cool air, quiet, and beauty of a landscape blanketed in snow. During this course your guides will discuss ways to stay warm and comfortable in the winter, techniques for travelling efficiently on snow, and let you take in the snowy sights of winter at a relaxed pace. End the day with sledding and s’mores! Gear, transportation, and meals included!

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

Scenic Train Ride & Tillamook Cheese Factory Visit on the Oregon Coast

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!

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

Zipline Adventure at Pumpkin Ridge Zip Tour

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.

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


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.

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


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.

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Monday, July 9, 2018 | 5pm – 8pm

Nature Photography

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


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

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