Not charity but an investment: Outward Bound for Veterans

Outward Bound USA has provided programming to thousands of returning service members and recent veterans since 1983. Outward Bound for Veterans was originally designed to serve Vietnam War veterans through collaboration with staff from the Veterans Administration unit for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Colonel Bob Rheault, who served as commander of the U.S… READ MORE >

Pulpit Rock and The Pinnacle Loop

Sophia Ozenbaugh, our Marketing Manager, is no stranger to adventure and the outdoors. As a middle schooler, Sophia experienced the great outdoors for the first time with Philadelphia Outward Bound School, through our longstanding partnership with the School District of Philadelphia. Now, she spends time exploring local trails and traveling to natural landscapes near and… READ MORE >

Car Camping in Hickory Run State Park

Exploring nature doesn’t have to stop when children become part of the equation. This week we find ourselves immersed (literally) in Hickory Run State Park, with 14 families and a week of non-stop rain! Hickory Run State Park Once a year Karyn Lyman, our Advancement Director, and her family join a troupe of fourteen families… READ MORE >

Long Distance Race Through The Pine Barrens

This week we share with you how a spontaneous hike in the Pine Barrens blossomed the idea to have a long distance race of the 53-mile Batona Trail … in costume! Follow along this July as we share our staff’s top trail picks. Our faculty instructor, Megan Kietzman-Nicklin, recounts the experience as “never having wanted… READ MORE >

Love in Worlds End State Park

Who doesn’t love a good love story? Follow us this week as we highlight memories from Pennsylvania’s Worlds End State Park. Recognize a familiar face? That’s Meg Wise, our Executive Director! Meg’s first visit to Worlds End State Park was in 1992 with Ken, her husband of 26 years. They hiked Loyalsock Trail, carrying all… READ MORE >

Cycling from Philadelphia to the Pine Barrens

Philadelphia may not be on your short list for outdoor adventures, but this month we hope to change that. Follow along as our staff share their top trail picks. Become inspired to check out a new trail in our region! Chris Grabowski and Chris Vanderslice – or simply Chris² – work tirelessly during our program… READ MORE >

Parks On Tap

Parks On Tap is the beer garden that gives back! It is a partnership with Fairmount Park Conservancy, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, and FCM Hospitality, that brings a beer garden to various parks throughout the summer. Parks on Tap is an initiative with the city that kicked off in 2016, aiming to engage the Philadelphia… READ MORE >

WHYY – You Oughta Know [VIDEO]

On May 17th, fundraisers, supporters and sponsors came together to raise over $222,978 (and counting) at Building Adventure! Proceeds from this event support thousands of students from Philadelphia and beyond participating in Philadelphia Outward Bound School outdoor and experiential learning programs. Students from Thomas K. Finletter Academics Plus School spent a day at POBS’ Wissahickon High… READ MORE >

Trustees On The Trail

In early April, Philadelphia Outward Bound School Trustees (Phil Charron, Elinor Haider, Mark Haslam, Jill Herriott, Mark Kahn, Scott McAllister and Don Smith) joined staff members Dan Hoffman and Meg Wise, and special guest Penn State Professor Peter Allison, for a three-day canoeing expedition. The group started on the just-thawed waters of the Strawberry Mansion… READ MORE >

From a new Outward Bound Alumna…

A few months ago when I was interviewing for the position of Executive Director of the Philadelphia Outward Bound School, an early question was if I had ever been on an Outward Bound expedition? No. Next, would I consider going as a student? Were they kidding? Yes, yes, yes! Dog sledding in Northern Minnesota and… READ MORE >