September 2023 Newsletter

Breaking the Ice, Outward Bound-Style Our new Executive Director, Justin Ennis, jumped into the role with both feet — embarking on his first expedition just a few weeks after joining us. Not only that, he wrote about it! Read Justin’s story > Come to Discovery Fest 2023! Join Philadelphia Outward Bound School, Audubon Mid-Atlantic, and community… READ MORE >

March 2023 Newsletter

Did a Woman Lead the First Outward Bound Expedition? Yes. Her name was Marina Ewald and she initiated the birth of expeditionary learning. Ewald was a geographer and co-director of the Salem School in Germany, the first school Hahn founded. In 1925 Ewald put together and led an expedition to Finland for students of the… READ MORE >

Building Adventure 2023

Philadelphia Outward Bound School’s legendary peer-to-peer fundraiser, Building Adventure, is returning on October 20, 2023, and YOU are invited! Get out of your comfort zone (and have a blast) rappelling 30 stories down the wall of Two Commerce Square in Center City Philadelphia, all while supporting transformative learning opportunities in the outdoors for thousands of… READ MORE >

POBS and Audubon Host Paid Internship Program at The Discovery Center

The Philadelphia Outward Bound School is currently working with Audubon Mid-Atlantic on a paid internship program for high school students at The Discovery Center in Fairmount Park. The Environmental and Outdoor Leadership Program is a 10 week internship program that exposes Philadelphia high school students to nature & the outdoor industry through lessons in local… READ MORE >

Our Favorite Photos of 2022

In 2022, we introduced new course cameras to allow our students to capture their experience on expedition. The results were outstanding — hundreds of photos rolled in from the field and we posted them on our website so students could share, download and preserve their Outward Bound memories. Our instructors got involved too, and snapped… READ MORE >

Taj Murdock, Man of Courage

One day in pre-Covid times, Taj Murdock took a break from cutting hair at his barbershop in North Philadelphia and strolled over to The Discovery Center in Fairmount Park to, as he put it, “get my nature on.” It was there that he met Kim Glodek and learned about the Philadelphia Outward Bound School (POBS),… READ MORE >

30 Years Later, She’s Still Committed to Outward Bound

From a student in 1993 to teacher in the 2010s and now vice-principal, Danielle Merritt’s 30-year Outward Bound journey continues Danielle Merritt had no idea her Outward Bound course in 1993 was the very first expedition of the recently formed Philadelphia Outward Bound School (POBS), but she remembers her experience to this day. “So many… READ MORE >

November 2022 Newsletter

30 Years Later, She’s Still Outward Bound Student Danielle Merritt went on the first POBS expedition in 1993. Years later, teacher Danielle Merritt brought her students on POBS expeditions. Read her story > POBS Instructor Hikes the Appalachian Trail! Field Instructor Madeline Troyer hiked all 2,190 miles of the Appalachian Trail (AT) in 128 days…. READ MORE >