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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



Bennet Pass Sno-Park
February 8, 2020


Rooster Rock State Park
March 8, 2020 | 8am – 5pm


Columbia River Gorge: Strawberry Island
April 4, 2020 | 5pm – 10pm


Broughton Bluff – Lewis & Clark Park
May 30, 2020 | 10am-4pm

Vancouver Lake Regional Park
June 13, 2020 | 9am – 4pm


Rooster Rock State Park
July 18, 2020 | 9am – 4pm


August 22-23, 2020 | Overnight

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Surviving a Zombie Apocalypse

Sunday, March 8 | 10 am – 3 pm | Rooster Rock State Park

This informative outing is open to all teens who are facing or have faced an oncology or hematology diagnosis.

Are you prepared for the next zombie outbreak or natural disaster? Join CCA and REI to learn critical skills that will help you keep from becoming a snack for hordes of zombies.

During this outing, you will:

  • Learn basics of surviving any natural (or unnatural) disaster
  • Develop valuable outdoor survival techniques
  • Improve your emergency shelter and fire building skills
  • Learn how to locate and access drinking water
  • Practice hands-on scenarios

Participants will meet at CCA HQ for transportation to Rooster Rock State Park. All equipment is provided, as well as snacks.

To sign up, please email us at

Moonlight Hike

Saturday, April 4 | 5 pm – 10 pm | Strawberry Island, Columbia River Gorge

This trek is open to all teens who are facing or have faced an oncology or hematology diagnosis.

Join your peers, CCA, and REI on a night hike to experience the Strawberry Island trail in a whole new light - moonlight!

During this outing, you will:

  • Improve your natural night vision
  • Learn tips for safer night hikes
  • Experience the gorge at sunset
  • Enjoy the serenity of hiking under the stars and through

Participants will meet at CCA HQ for transportation to Strawberry Island. Headlamps, trekking poles, and transportation are included. The trail is flat and wide for all skill levels.

To sign up, please email us at

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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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