Philadelphia Area & Fairmount Park Systems

The City of Philadelphia is rich in history, culture, and green space. Philadelphia hosts the largest maintained city park in the country (over 10,000 acres). Established in 1992 by local leaders, including Mayor Michael A. Nutter, the Philadelphia Outward Bound School currently resides in East Fairmount Park in the historic Sedgely Porter House. Our School is home to our administrative office and is a convenient basecamp and starting location to all of our wilderness, urban, and Circuit expeditions. All of our Insight (daylong teambuilding) programs are located just minutes from our basecamp at our Wissahickon Valley Park High Ropes Course. Since our establishment in Philadelphia we helped over 5,000 students each year to discover that "there is more in them than they knew." Our mission is to help individuals discover strength of character, to cultivate an ability to lead, to foster a desire to serve, and to have a positive impact on their lives and the lives of those around them.

The Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area

The Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area encompasses 67,000 acres of mountain ridge, forest, and floodplain on both sides of the Delaware River in the states of New Jersey and Pennsylvania. From the southern end of the park, you can view the S-shaped chasm of the Delaware Water Gap, where the river cuts a twisting path through 1,400-foot Kittatinny Ridge. Within the river watershed, you’ll discover steep wooded-and-rock slopes, bountiful rhododendron, dark hollows, tinsel-like ravines, and tumbling waterfalls. During the spring, summer, and fall seasons youth and adults travel to the Water Gap from our basecamp in Philadelphia and are provided an experience to deepen their sense of ability, confidence, power, and freedom in themselves through wilderness experiences.

The Pennsylvania Appalachian Trail Corridor

Pennsylvania remains one of the most forested states in the nation. It includes some of the most intact and bountiful hardwood forest lands in the temperate world. It is second only to Alaska in navigable water ways in the US. The Appalachians—which include the Allegheny, Blue Ridge, and Pocono Mountains—are some of the oldest mountains in the world. The range is mostly located in the Unites States, but extends into southeastern Canada too. Courses will take place in the south central region of Pennsylvania passing through multiple state forest and park lands including Michaux State forest and Pine Grove State Park.