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.
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!
Pizza lunch included!
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.
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 provided.
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 will be provided.
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.
End of Summer Celebration Campout
REI campouts are designed for any person who wants to enjoy sleeping outside and sharing great conversation with people. First time campers to life-long adventurers enjoy a 2-day (one night) campout for the daily activities like bike tours, guided hikes, waterfall viewing, photography classes, star gazing as well as for the great community found when groups of people camp and enjoy nature together. If activities are not your thing, you can stay and enjoy the campsite with music, games and hammocks. The campout and its activities will be designed to fit the location. All equipment for activities provided. All food provided.
“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.”
Pediatrician & Director, Center for Nature & Healing
at Children’s Hospital Oakland