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Out There Adventures

We believe every young person deserves the opportunity to explore their identity in a positive and affirming environment.

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Out There Adventures (OTA) is a 501(c)(3) adventure education organization committed to fostering positive identity development, individual empowerment and improved quality of life for queer young people through professionally facilitated experiential education activities.


We believe that every youth deserves the opportunity to explore their identity in a positive environment.

We possess a love for nature and believe in its ability to transform lives, especially the lives of youth.

We believe that every youth deserves to feel a sense of community and to be able to identify at least one supportive adult in their life.

We believe that the trials and tribulations associated with identifying as queer and/or trans can be used as opportunities that cultivate self-efficacy, resilience, and empowerment.

Elyse (she/her) has worn many hats in the outdoor industry and education worlds. Since 2006 she has taken thousands of youth and adults on outdoor adventures all over North America, and during these adventures the interrogation of equity, access and privilege played a central role. Over the years, Elyse has worked tirelessly to reduce outdoor access barriers for all members of the LGBTQ community. This has resulted in dozens of publications, presentations, interviews, trainings and program partnerships aimed at increasing queer visibility and further complicating the narrative of who goes outside and how. Elyse’s work has appeared in places such as the Rutledge International Handbook of Outdoor Studies, in print and person at industry events such as Outdoor Retailer, in Outside Magazine and in March of 2018 Elyse was named a “Top Woman in Conservation and Environmental Justice” by ECODiversity Magazine. Elyse is also the co-organizer of the annual LGBTQ Outdoor Summit. Outside of her work, Elyse is known for her sense of humor best conveyed through perfectly timed message GIFs, and in her [rare] free time she can be found paddling through the central Salish Sea.

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