What We Do
Passport Oregon was founded in the Spring of 2016 with the vision to take students and their parents out of the normal day-to-day and into nature. We partner with schools and community groups to identify young Oregonians that lack avenues to adventures in Oregon’s outdoors. We then gather students into a cohort, and they travel together 2 times a month on various trips around Oregon. We want every Oregonian to experience the state of Oregon.
We began our inaugural trip with an six-student cohort from the Creston neighborhood in SE Portland. In the fall of 2016, the students began exploring. Their first trip was to Mount Hood, where they hiked around Trillium Lake, visited Timberline Lodge, and learned about the history of Oregon. Their second trip included visiting Multnomah Falls, a museum, and experiencing the views from Vista Point. Trips take place every-other weekend. The students meet at their school and then gather into the van, and then set off on their adventure! The trips open doors to exploration, education, and empowerment. Our trips are strategically designed to allow students to experience nature, learn from experts, and gain the skills they need to make the outdoors a part of their lives. Our trips include at least one parent leader so that they can become an instrument for taking students outdoors. In addition to our trips, we also host regular Passport Oregon hikes with the parents in nearby settings, so that the whole family can enjoy nature together. Read about our first cohorts trips in more detail here.
So far we have launched the following cohorts:
- Creston Cohort #1 (fall 2016)
- Creston Cohort #2 (spring 2017)
- Beaver Acres Cohort #1 (spring 2017)
As we continue to grow, new cohorts will launch out of the Portland area. We anticipate this happening in the Spring of 2017. Our new cohorts will follow the same path taken by our first pioneers in the Creston cohort: visiting Mt. Hood, Multnomah Falls, the beach, and many other locations! With our donor's and volunteer's support, the summer of 2017 will mark the start of cohorts based out of Eugene. By 2019, we aim to have Passport Oregon cohorts in communities across the state. Long term, our vision is to have multiple cohorts in multiple locations throughout the Pacific Northwest.
We could use your support! We are always looking for volunteers, donors, and people who will spread the word about Passport Oregon!
VOLUNTEERS: We are looking for volunteers who give their time to go on trips with our students. We are also looking for volunteers who can help us with fundraising efforts. If you're interested in volunteering, please fill out this form to get on our outreach emails!
DONORS: We seek donors who can help us to fund our trips. Each trip costs our organization an average of $150 total. Our trips are entirely free for our students to attend. Because our staff is entirely volunteer, all funds that are donated go directly toward creating our transformative trips. Your donation has the power to take students outdoors to experience nature, become more educated, and empowers them! Because Passport Oregon is a nonprofit, your donation may be tax deductible.
ADVOCATES: Lastly, we are looking for advocates to help spread the word about Passport Oregon! We would love for you to share our newsletter, social media posts, and talk about our organization. You can find links to our social media accounts below: