We've been featured in the News!

Passport Oregon's mission is to provide opportunities for Exploration, Education and Empowerment to our youngest generation of students in Oregon. We give a huge thanks to the following publications who have helped to spread the word about the mission of Passport Oregon. Check out their articles below:


Portland Tribune

Kevin Frazier explained that Passport Oregon’s “three Es” — experience, education and empowerment — serve as the group’s guiding principle, adding that, on their outings, they not only explore Oregon’s natural wonders, they learn about them too, taking advantage of the expertise of park rangers, educators at museums and more.
— Portland Tribune
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Cannon Beach Gazette

Passport Oregon hopes to ‘make nature a norm’ in the lives of students who may not have resources to explore the outdoors on their own. The nonprofit provides Portland students with free, regular trips throughout Oregon. They have visited the Columbia River Gorge, Eugene, Mount Hood and recently, Cannon Beach.
— The Cannon Beach Gazette

Built Oregon

Although I was pleased organizations were connecting students with the parks within their neighborhood, I wanted to go a step further and connect these youngsters with all of Oregon’s natural wonders – the coast, the Gorge, Mt. Hood, Smith Rock, the Painted Hills, Wallowa Lake, and Crater Lake – while also introducing them to the economic, cultural, and historic significance of these sites.
— Built Oregon

Oregon Live- The Oregonian

The largest plot of common ground... is found outside. It’s our parks, trails, and green spaces. According to the latest Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan, 92 percent of Oregonians engaged in at least one form of outdoor recreation in the last year. Nearly seven in 10 of us went for walks in our communities. More than 60 percent explored local trails and paths. In nature, we literally cross paths with both “us” and “them” and though we typically walk or hike in our own shoes, we still share a common journey. These intersections occur wherever you decide to venture.
— Oregon Live- The Oregonian

The University of Oregon- Around the O

Now more than a year old, Passport Oregon helps to “close the nature gap,” enabling children to develop perspectives and become knowledgeable about Oregon.
— Around the O

Willamette Week

Welcome to WW’s 2017 Volunteer Guide.
The idea behind this has always been to rally readers to give time and sweat equity to worthy local nonprofits, so as to help make Portland a better place...
Passport Oregon:
Volunteers will help our students in a multitude of ways. Volunteers help plan the logistics of trips, contact partners for donations, work with families, at- tend trips, and encourage education, empowerment, and exploration for our students.
— Wilamette Week Volunteer Guide 2017
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The Statesman Journal

Kids craned their heads as Smith presented pieces of rock plucked from the caves, but others were overcome with the rushing water of the South Falls that showered down on visitors.

”Look mom, it’s a rainbow!” said Otto Matthews, 9, to his mom Angela Matthews, who volunteered for the trip. “I like the view of the waterfall down here.”
— The Statesman Journal

Willamette Week - Van Madness

Passport Oregon takes at-risk youth our to explore on the weekends....right now, they’re having a March Madness-style contest to name their vans. This week is the Elite Eight, meaning that each region is down to their two final choices.  ”This van will transport students across the state, so we wanted a name that reflected the views of folks from each corner of Oregon,” says Frazier. “My personal vote would be: ‘Magic Passport Bus,’ ’Oswald,’ ’Moregon’ and ‘Vanegonian’—but who knows what kind of #upsets are in store.
— Wilamette Week