The Outdoor Institute seeks to encourage and inspire youth;
youth educators; volunteer, service, and community organizations in developing respect, empowerment, and leadership through high quality experiential programs.
The Experiential Model is a learner-centered approach to
personal and team development. Rather than presenting information as a teacher
or an expert, a facilitator creates situations which invite participants to
discover their own answers to challenging issues. Participants are challenged to
think critically, communicate effectively, solve problems creatively, display
leadership, take risks, and actively support teammates.
The Outdoor Institute provides a safe place for participants to
learn from their mistakes and successes. We create an environment that promotes
accountability and self-reliance while challenging participants to explore the
margins of their comfort zone.