COMPASS Outdoor Education Program

The COMPASS Outdoor Education program (“Outdoor Ed”) is an experiential-based program that allows youth and families involved with the COMPASS School and Community Services Program to connect with nature and step out of their comfort zones.

A core belief of this program is that nature should be accessible by all.


We match participants’ comfortability and skill levels to develop customized experiences.

We empower participants to actively engage in their own growth and development.

We use nature to provide a safe space, free from human-made distractions, for participants to explore their vulnerabilities and develop their skills.

Outdoor Ed participants engage in two categories of activities depending on the goal for each session.

The categories are: Adventure-Based and Nature-Connection. These categories are also divided into Low, Medium, and High-Risk activities that are dependent upon the amount of structure needed due to the participants’ comfort levels and unfamiliarity with the activity and/or environment.

Many participants have minimal experience in nature due to limited time or means.

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Examples of Adventure-Based Activities

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Low-Risk Activity

Capture the Flag

Can be playful or competitive as teams try to cross a dividing line to retrieve the opposing team’s flag and return it to their side without being tagged. 

Medium-Risk Activity

Blindfold Walk

Teams of 2-3 work together to guide their blindfolded teammate to retrieve an object and navigate safely through the area

High-Risk Activity

High Ropes Course

Individuals are clipped into a suspended ropes system where they can traverse through obstacles anywhere from 10-20 feet in the air.

Examples of nature-connection Activities

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Low-Risk Activity


Can be done individually or in small groups. Working on patience, skill building, and leisure-based activities.

Medium-Risk Activity

Nature Hike

Navigating through terrain and identifying plants, animals, and objects along the way. Learning about cardinal directions and basic outdoor skills.

High-Risk Activity


At least one overnight event that features full immersion into nature and allows individuals to adapt to their surroundings and learn new skills.

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