From public school teacher to Outward Bound instructor

A guest blog post by Kerry Lubin When I was a kid, my elementary school didn’t have a physical education teacher, so I ended up going to the library to get books on how to play football and basketball, and I taught myself how to play. Then I taught the neighborhood kids how to play…. READ MORE >

Why I support Philadelphia Outward Bound School

It’s All About Transforming Lives Through Outdoor Experiential Learning Adventures By Northeast High School Teacher Andrew Adams Hey! Are you an Experiential Learning Advocate? I am. Here’s why: Life’s peaks and valleys are conquered the same way — step by step. It’s the journey, with struggles and triumphs, that shapes our adventure, and in Outward… READ MORE >

Williamson students engage in learning expeditions with POBS

Dec 10, 2023 For the past four years, Williamson College of the Trades has literally and figuratively been taking its freshman orientation program to new heights thanks to engagement with Philadelphia Outward Bound School (POBS). Williamson leadership connected with POBS, a nonprofit experiential education organization that serves people of all ages and backgrounds through active… READ MORE >

November 2023 Newsletter

“You Get Used to the Weight on Your Shoulders” 13 year-old Blaine Elementary School student Jayden B. embarked on a 10-day Outward Bound expedition this summer. He overcame homesickness and realized, in his words, “that there is more to the world than Philly and cell phones, there is actually a whole outdoor world of nature… READ MORE >

Our Favorite Photos of 2023

In 2023, students and instructors used course cameras to capture their experience both on expedition and day programs. 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. We thought it would be fun… READ MORE >

The Discovery Center Named a “Special Place”!

The Discovery Center was recognized by the Pennsylvania Environmental Council with its “2023 Special Places Award,” an honor given to a special place that demonstrates environmental leadership, community impact and innovative planning and design practice. The award celebrates the unique history of the Center’s location at the Strawberry Mansion Reservoir and the collective efforts of the City of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Outward… READ MORE >

October 2023 Newsletter

Building Adventure 2023 Raises Over $225,000 This year’s Building Adventure – our high-adrenaline fundraiser in which participants earn the opportunity to rappel down a skyscraper in Center City – was a high-flying success! 115 rappellers and some 1,300 individual donations brought in over $225,000 to fund POBS programs. Read all about Building Adventure 2023 > Fearless Philly Educators Go “Over the… READ MORE >

Building Adventure 2023 In the News

We were thrilled that Jennaphr Frederick from Fox 29’s “Good Day Philadelphia” showed viewers what the Building Adventure experience is all about! Below are a few more samples of the almost two dozen media stories aired about Building Adventure 2023. Building Adventure 2023 Media Hits Building Adventure stories aired 22 times throughout the region! 19-Oct… READ MORE >