“You get used to the weight on your shoulders”

This past summer, 13-year old Blaine Elementary School student Jayden B. embarked on a 10-day Outward Bound expedition as part of the GOAL (Get Out and Lead) program. GOAL is a merit scholarship course that is specifically designed for rising 8th grade students and includes backpacking, canoeing, and rock climbing in the Delaware Water Gap…. 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 >

Fearless Philly Educators Go “Over the Edge” For Outward Bound!

Three Philadelphia educators went “Over the Edge” for Building Adventure, Philadelphia Outward Bound School’s (POBS) bi-annual fundraiser which supports outdoor education programs for more than 100 public and charter schools and youth-serving community organizations in and around Philadelphia. The call went out to hundreds of Philly educators to enter the lottery for a chance to… 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 >

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 >