E.D.spiration – Disrupted times, we’re all in this together

For the past 25 years it has been the professional honor of my life to lead the Outdoors for All Foundation as its executive director. During that time, our organization has been faced with our share of challenges. Running a nonprofit during the Great Recession…the “winter” of 2005 when effectively there was no snow in the Pacific Northwest until March…and now? Well, now we’re all…

Adaptive Cycling Center’s Record-Breaking Summer!

Early in 2020, Seattle Department of Transportation approached Outdoors for All with an eagerness and desire to make this already bicycle-friendly city even more accessible. With this partnership, Outdoors for All was able to provide FREE adaptive bike rentals 7 days a week to children and adults with disabilities from our Adaptive Cycling Center in Magnuson Park from May 1st to September 30th. Our goal…

Volunteer Spotlight: Mike and Carson Vache

Mike and Carson Vache have been selected as this month’s Volunteer Spotlight for their unparalleled dedication and advocacy to Outdoors for All and our Friday Night ski program. It all started with Mike’s oldest son Conor catching rides up with our very own Jim Prostka over six years ago to volunteer on Friday nights, once Carson became old enough to volunteer he, Conor, and their…

Volunteer Spotlight: McKenzie Bannister

Outdoors for All programs would not be possible without the support of our amazing volunteers! With over 800 volunteers each year, it’s hard to pick out just one, but here is our new Volunteer Spotlight! McKenzie (pictured left) volunteered for our summer outdoor rock climbing series and kayaking series. In both programs she was personable and supportive and helped participants reach new heights (literally!). “McKenzie…

Volunteer Spotlight: Glenn Chapin

Outdoors for All programs would not be possible without the support of our amazing volunteers! With over 800 volunteers each year, it’s hard to pick out just one, but here is our new Volunteer Spotlight! Glenn Chapin (pictured left) volunteers with our Saturday alpine programs at Stevens Pass. Thank you Glenn for your dedication to our program and participants! “Glenn’s unwavering attitude and flexibility within…

SUCCESS STORY: Miles of Smiles for Sofi

At Outdoors for All’s Adaptive Cycling Center in Magnuson Park, individuals with disabilities can be fitted for and rent different types of adaptive cycles to try and ride around the park for an hour, a day, or rent a cycle for a week. Sofi and her mom, Tracey, stopped into the Adaptive Cycling Center almost every week during the summer of 2018 trying out different…

Volunteer Spotlight: Kay Ishii

Outdoors for All programs would not be possible without the support of our amazing volunteers! With over 800 volunteers each year, it’s hard to pick out just one, but here is our new Volunteer Spotlight! Kay Ishii (pictured right) has been volunteering with Outdoors for All for over 20 years and is the Lead Volunteer for our Nordic Touring Programs. Thank you Kay for your…

Volunteer Spotlight: Carson Vache

Outdoors for All programs would not be possible without the support of our amazing volunteers! With over 800 volunteers each year, it’s hard to pick out just one, but here is our new Volunteer Spotlight! Carson Vache (pictured right) has been volunteering with Outdoors for All since high school and spent his Friday nights in our Summit at Snoqualmie ski program! Thank you Carson for…

SUCCESS STORY: Snowboarding, Austin’s Sport

Confidence can be built through many avenues. For some, it’s finding success in an activity, hobby or sport., something to feel ownership over. For Austin, Koszorus, it was built through snowboarding. Not only has his confidence been built, but his social connections, physical strength, and independence. The last three years, he’s been mastering his skill in his sports and making connections through Outdoors for All…