RECREATION PROGRAMS

 

Outdoors for All provides a variety of recreation activities for individuals with disabilities. These activities are designed to accommodate a broad range of individual skill levels; from individuals who want to try something new to athletes who aspire to compete. We strongly believe in the therapeutic benefits associated with maintaining a full and active lifestyle. Take a look at the different recreation programs we offer and learn more about how to participate:


DOWNHILL SKIING

Adaptive Alpine Skiing

Experience the freedom and control of gliding down the slopes. Programs are designed to meet the interests of all ability levels, beginner to racer. Lessons are offered at The Summit at Snoqualmie and Stevens Pass January – March.

Stand-up Skiing: Standing skiers may use two (standard skis, boots, and poles), three, or four-track skiing techniques. These techniques often use outriggers for balance and are named after the number of tracks left in the snow. These skiing methods can accommodate participants who have balance difficulties, amputations, hearing and visual impairments, and developmental disabilities.

Sit / Bi / Mono Skiing: Individuals who use wheelchairs, including those with paraplegia and quadriplegia, bilateral lower extremity amputations, significant balance issues, or developmental disabilities, ski using these adaptive equipment. All offer exciting opportunities for beginning and expert skiers.

Equipment Rental: At Outdoors for All we strive to get participants to a level where they can be enjoying recreation independently or with friends and family. Adaptive recreation gear can be expensive so we offer an affordable way to enjoy the outdoors without breaking the bank. Rentals are by appointment only. CONTACT US to schedule your rental this winter.

SKIHAWKS: The SKIHAWKS Racing Team inspires and involves people with developmental challenges in winter sports training and competitions to enhance their lives, build self-esteem, confidence and independence.

SNOWBOARDING

Adaptive Snowboarding

Come feel the smooth sensation of gliding down the face of a mountain while riding a snowboard. Find out why this sport’s popularity has skyrocketed. Snowboarding is a great option for people who are more ambulatory including those with developmental or visual disabilities, or head injuries. Lessons are offered at The Summit at Snoqualmie and Stevens Pass January – March.

SKIHAWKS: The SKIHAWKS Racing Team inspires and involves people with developmental challenges in winter sports training and competitions to enhance their lives, build self-esteem, confidence and independence.


NORDIC SKIING

Nordic Skiing

Lessons are offered at The Summit at Snoqualmie January – February.

Nordic / Cross Country Skiing: Smooth aerobic movements and mountain fresh air will fill you with a sense of freedom and exhilaration. Beginner to expert classical track, and sit-ski participants glide on groomed trails at The Summit Nordic Center.

Classical Track and Telemark Skiing: Classical Track beginner and intermediate skiers may use standard skis, boots, and poles, or benefit from adaptive equipment such as a four-track walker (named after the number of tracks left in the snow). Adaptive skiing equipment can accommodate participants who have balance difficulties, developmental disabilities, hearing and visual impairments. Telemarking is downhill skiing on specialized cross country skis. Participants who would like to apply advanced classical track skills to another skiing method, should try this technique.

Sit Skiing: This is an excellent cross training sport for building upper body strength or to enjoy the beautiful winter landscapes. Individuals who use wheelchairs, including those with paraplegia, balance difficulties, or bilateral lower extremity amputations can experience cross country skiing using a sit-ski.

Back Country Ski Touring: Participants looking for a little more adventure can ski on a different trail each week using the SnoPark ski trail system in the Mt. Baker – Snoqualmie National Forest.

Equipment Rental: At Outdoors for All we strive to get participants to a level where they can be enjoying recreation independently or with friends and family. Adaptive recreation gear can be expensive so we offer an affordable way to enjoy the outdoors without breaking the bank. Rentals are by appointment only. CONTACT US to schedule your rental this winter.

SKIHAWKS: The SKIHAWKS Racing Team inspires and involves people with developmental challenges in winter sports training and competitions to enhance their lives, build self-esteem, confidence and independence.


SNOWSHOEING

Snowshoeing

Come explore the snow trails and fresh air of the mountains covered in snow while snowshoeing. Enjoy a winter hike in the woods from the more stable base of snowshoes. Take in peaceful scenery while working to improve your physical fitness level, balance and spatial awareness. You’ll love it! Lessons are offered at The Summit at Snoqualmie January – February.


CYCLING/BIKING

Adaptive Cycling: Ride one of our bikes, adaptive cycles or tandems and enjoy the benefits of cycling. Outdoors for All has over 100 adaptive cycles in its fleet. Adaptive aspects include:

  • Handcycles for individuals with no or limited leg movement
  • Three and four wheel cycles for those who need more stability
  • Children’s hand and foot powered cycles
  • Tandem cycles for individuals who want a guide while riding
  • Hand and foot cranked cycles exercising your whole body
  • Standard cycles

Private Lessons: Looking to advance your skills and knowledge in cycling? Join us for a two-hour adaptive recreation lesson with an Adaptive Recreation Instructor. Cost per person includes equipment rental. Dates and times are subject to availability. Please CONTACT US to schedule a private lesson.

Learn to Ride a Bike: Get the wheels turning with the help of Outdoors for All staff and volunteers. This three-week series focuses on developing independence on a cycle with one-on-one instruction. Visit our REGISTRATION site to view upcoming dates and locations and sign up to participate.

Adaptive Cycle Rentals: Cycles are available for hourly, daily and 5-day rentals. To learn more download our adaptive cycles CYCLE RENTAL BROCHURE. 

During the summer, we also offer adaptive cycle drop-in rentals at our Adaptive Cycling Center located in Magnuson Park. Magnuson Park has miles of trails to enjoy and is just across the street from the Burke– Gilman for those interested in a longer ride.

Drop-in rentals available May 20 – October 2
Fridays – Sundays, expect holidays
Time: 10 AM– 5 PM, Drop-in hours 10 AM – 3PM
Location: Brig at Magnuson Park
*Other times by appointment. Please contact us 48 hours prior to rental to ensure bike availability.

Rental Equipment Pricing (Tax not included)
Single Seat Bike $15 per hour
$40 per day
$150 for five days
Two Seat Bike $20 per hour
$50 per day
$225 for five days
Season Pass (May 20th -Sept. 4th)
Can be used Friday through Sunday between 10am and 5pm in Magnuson Park. *No rentals will go out after 4pm
$100
Caregiver Bike If a caregiver is required in order for the participant to ride, one standard bicycle will be provided. If a caregiver is not required, than a standard bicycle will be available for $10.
Trail Rider $35 per day
$150 for five days
Beach Wheelchair $35 per day
$150 for five days
*All bikes are first come, first served. It is strongly recommended to call ahead to ensure the cycle you need is available: 206-838-6030 ext. 277.

Assessments & Fittings: Ability Assessments and Equipment Fittings include one hour with an Adaptive Recreation Instructor who will assess your individual abilities and help you determine which adaptive cycle or other equipment will be most appropriate. Once the right equipment is determined, the specialist will work with you to adapt equipment to meet your individual needs utilizing adaptive grips, pads, and straps. An introductory lesson on equipment use and recreation technique will follow the fitting. Equipment rental for the day is included at no additional charge. Family members and caregivers are welcome to attend to learn along with the participant. Dates and times are subject to availability. Please CONTACT US to schedule an assessment or fitting.


DAY CAMPS

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Outdoors for All Day Camps provide an active camp environment for children with and without disabilities ages 5 – 21. Our camp strives to build each camper’s social development, self-confidence and fine and gross motor skills by accommodating the needs of each camper. Camps are designed to provide a welcoming, fun and nurturing environment; activities are structured as “challenge by choice”, allowing for a wide variety of abilities, fitness and fun! Day Camp operates during the summer months, winter and holiday breaks and spring breaks.

Outdoor recreation activities such as cycling, swimming, hiking, kayaking and rock climbing are the core of Outdoors for All Day Camps. On top of our core activities, we also take trips to local zoos, parks, aquariums and other fun-filled community excursions. During each session campers will enjoy the wonders of outdoor recreation, make new friends and take part in new and exciting experiences. Day Campers will need to bring their own lunch/snacks, water and dress appropriately for the specific activity and weather.

 

Please view our DAY CAMP POLICIES & DAY CAMP GUIDE before registering for camps, and contact us with any questions. REGISTRATION for Summer Day Camps is now open.


KAYAKING

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KAYAKING: Relax and unwind after a long day as you get out and hit the waters of Lake Washington! Participants will be paired 1:1 with Outdoors for All volunteers in tandem kayaks as they learn the basic skills of flat water kayaking and get a chance to explore the waters and shores of Lake Washington. If you have never tried kayaking before we hope that you get signed up for this summer activity. It is a great way to fall in love with a new recreation activity. This activity is geared to all levels of individuals including those who are regular kayakers.  We have specialized life jackets available that are designed to keep your head out of the water and keep you upright. An ability to swim independently is not required for this activity. We can provide a great kayak experience for any and all individuals with disability. Low stability, upper body weakness, low balance, amputee…we can get you out enjoying the serene waters of Lake Washington!

NEW Kayak Rental Program: Click HERE to view our Kayak Rental Brochure and HERE to view the Kayak Rental Info Sheet. To coordinate a kayak rental, contact Elliot Howard at elliothoward@outdoorsforall.org or 206.838.6030 x270


HIKING

Hiking

The Pacific Northwest offers some of the most beautiful and diverse hiking in the country. We offer hikes of varying difficulties, many of them having options for beginning, intermediate and advanced hikers. We particularly look for hikes that are wheelchair accessible. Relatively wide trails with a good ground surface allow all hikers to enjoy Washington’s forests, alpine meadows, and beaches.

NEW! We now have a TrailRider! Our new adaptive equipment, a TrailRider, allows individuals of all abilities to get out and explore the wonderful wilderness trails we are surrounded by. This “modified wheelchair” has the ability to go on hiking trails through the wilderness with the aid of volunteers, family or caregivers. Contact our STAFF to find out more.


ROCK CLIMBING

Rock Climbing

Learn the basics of rock climbing through our rock climbing series. Whether you want to simply “boulder” close to the ground or scramble up to the top for stunning views, Outdoors for All has a climb for you. We select both indoor and outdoor sites. We use trained professionals and standard safety gear to make this a safe and fun experience you’ll never forget.  Outdoors for All also has an adaptive ascension climbing system. Contact our STAFF to find out more.


YOGA

Adaptive Yoga

Join our therapeutic yoga group in gentle stretching, strength building, relaxation and fun! Outdoors for All has partnered with Taj Yoga Studio to provide these 7-week series of yoga for people with intellectual disabilities. Yoga is offered year-round. Visit our REGISTRATION page to view dates and sign up to participate.


WEEKEND EXCURSIONS

Weekend Excursions

A favorite of our summer programs, our weekend excursions allow participants to get out of the city to enjoy Larabee State Park outside of Bellingham. During this weekend getaway we plan activities such as kayaking, hiking, cycling, and more.


MILITARY PROGRAMS

For over 20 years, Outdoors for All have been enriching the lives of veterans through outdoor recreation. In partnership with the Wounded Warrior Project, Disabled Sports USA, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, and the Seattle VA, Outdoors for All provides year-round adaptive recreation for retired and active duty military and their families. Our programs include alpine skiing, snowboarding, Nordic skiing, kayaking, cycling, rock-climbing, weekend excursions, and more.


CUSTOM EVENTS

Custom Events

Enhance your summer picnic, camp or other event with our cycles, canoes or other outdoor activities through a Outdoors for All Custom Event. We’ve partnered with such organization as Department of Services for the Blind, King County Parks and Recreation, Camp Fire, Lighthouse for the Blind, local schools…and we’d like to partner with you! Special group pricing discounts apply for schools, organizations and companies.

Each year Outdoors for All partners with a variety of community organizations, parks and recreation departments, hospitals and schools to bring the fun of outdoor recreation directly to you. A Custom Event means that we design an adaptive recreation program to meet your specific needs. Custom Events generally feature adaptive cycling (we have over 40 different kinds of cycles) but can include other activities such as snowshoeing, kayaking, camping, adaptive water ski sports, rock climbing and more. Let Outdoors for All bring a Custom Event to your annual picnic, meeting, camp or other community event.

To schedule a Custom Event, please contact Kenna Chapman at kennachapman@outdoorsforall.org or 206.838.6030 x217.


For most current Activity Guides, Forms and information on Registration, click HERE. If you have any questions, please visit our CONTACT section to find a staff member to talk with or use the general contact information below. We are happy to talk with you at anytime!

e: info at outdoorsforall dot org
t: 206.838.6030 x200