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RECREATION PROGRAMS

About Outdoors for All 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. 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 classic track, skate ski, and sit-ski participants glide on groomed trails at The Summit Nordic Center.

Classic Track and Skate XC Skiing: Classic Track 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. Skate Skiing uses a side-to-side motion, like a gliding duck on groomed snow tracks. Participants who would like to apply advanced classic track skills to another skiing method, should try this technique.

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

Backcountry 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

Explore the snowy trails and fresh air of the Snoqualmie Mountain Range while snowshoeing. Improve your physical fitness, balance, and spatial awareness while taking in the peaceful scenery. Lessons are offered at The Summit at Snoqualmie January – February.



CYCLING/BIKING


Adaptive Cycling: With over 200 adaptive cycles, Outdoors for All has one of the largest adaptive bike fleets in the country; almost anyone can find a bike that works for them!

Our cycle options include:

  • Handcycles for individuals with limited or no leg movement
  • Recumbent and therapy trikes for those who need more stability
  • Hand and foot powered cycles for children
  • Tandem cycles for individuals who want a guide while riding
  • Standard 2-wheeled bicycles and Striders

*Covid-19 Vaccines are required for participation in all our cycling programs

**All riders must wear a helmet while using Outdoors for All cycles

Spring & Summer Season (May 1st-September 30th): Thanks to our partnership with Seattle Department of Transportation, Outdoors for All offers daily adaptive bike rentals free of charge! During this time, on-site rentals are available 7 days a week from 10 am to 6 pm. Cycles will not be rented after 5:00pm to ensure return by 6pm closing time. Free rentals apply only to cycles used on-site, departing from, and returning to the Adaptive Cycling Center. Bikes transported off-site or for multiple days will incur our standard rental rates.

Fall & Winter Season (October 1st-April 30th): All bike rentals during this time are by appointment only, Monday-Friday, and subject to staff availability. Standard rental rates apply.

All bikes are first come, first served. You can call ahead to request a specific bike, but we cannot guarantee that the cycle you request will be available.  In most cases we can provide a suitable replacement if your request cannot be filled. Cycles transported off-site must be secured inside an appropriate vehicle or with the proper hitch-mounted rack (available for rent). Parent or legal guardian must be present for those under the age of 18. Email Rentals@outdoorsforall.org for additional questions.

Adaptive Cycle Rental Information (offsite or out of season): Cycle rentals are $35-45 per day and $200-225/week depending on type of bike and the season. Our Adaptive Cycling Center is located at Magnuson Park in Building 406. 

Bike Fittings: If you are interested in purchasing your own adaptive bike, a fitting with Outdoors for All can get you rolling in the right direction. Bike fittings are typically 30-60 minutes long and cost $25 per half hour. You will work one-on-one with a cycling specialist who will assess your individual abilities and help you determine the appropriate cycle. We have a wide assortment of adaptive grips, pedals, padding, and other accessories to ensure you get the perfect fit. (Outdoors for All does not sell new bikes, we do sometimes sell our older bikes dependent on inventory and availability.)

Learn to Ride a Bike: Back in action for 2022, Learn to Ride focuses on teaching youth and young adults ages 7-25 the skills to ride a standard 2-wheeled bicycle. We will also cover the basic rules of the road and safety techniques for riding in public. Riders are paired one-on-one with a trained volunteer instructor and will have lessons tailored to their ability level. This series-based program runs on Saturdays in the spring and late summer. Click here for more info about current availability.

Private Lessons: Are you a first-time rider or cyclist looking to advance your skills and knowledge in cycling? Join us for a one-hour adaptive recreation lesson with an Adaptive Recreation Instructor. Cost per 1hr session starts at $100 and includes equipment rental. Date, time, and location are subject to availability of staff and equipment. Please contact Rentals@outdoorsforall.org to schedule a private lesson. *If hands-on support is necessary, a parent or caregiver must be present.



YOUTH & ADULT CAMPS



Outdoors for All Youth & Adult Camps provide an active camp environment for children and adults with and without disabilities. Camps are for ages 7 and up. Our staff strive to build each camper’s social development, self-confidence as well as 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!

2022 SUMMER DAY CAMPS

This summer, Outdoors for All will offer weekday camp sessions over the summer, Monday – Friday, generally between the hours of 9am and 3pm. Adult Adventure Days participants can register for specific days (with a three-day minimum) through our Flexible Registration. Youth camp registration is by the week. We will be engaging in outdoor recreation activities such as cycling, swimming, hiking, kayaking, and rock climbing are the core of Outdoors for All day camps. In addition, 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. Campers will need to bring their own lunch/ snacks, water, and dress appropriately for the specific activity and weather. You can sign up for as many camps as your heart desires! Come to one or come all summer long. To sign up for camps register online at www.outdoorsforall.org or by calling the office at (206) 838-6030 x200.

Registration will open at noon on March 21st with Financial Aid applications becoming available on March 14th.

2022 Camp Guide

2022 Screen Reader Accessible Camp Guide

For information on eligibility, please review our Summer 2022 Essential Eligibility Criteria (EEC).

COVID -19 ESSENTIAL ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

The health and safety of all individuals engaged in Outdoors for All activities is our highest priority. Following the Washington State Department of Health Guidelines and Healthy Washington – Roadmap to Recovery program, Outdoors for All is asking all participants, staff, family members, and caregivers to follow the below Essential Eligibility Criteria while our community continues to face impacts from the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19.

Essential Eligibility Criteria (EEC): All individuals participating in Outdoors for All’s in-person programming must acknowledge and be capable of performing the following functions in order to protect themselves and others from risks of spreading the COVID-19. If an individual cannot perform or is unwilling to follow the following EEC, Outdoors for All reserves the right to ask the individual to leave the program area and dismiss the individual from future participation in Outdoors for All programs.

All participants, volunteers, staff, family members, caregivers, etc. must:

  • Be 7 years old or older
  • Be able to maintain 6ft physical distance
  • Be able to wear a facial mask during program engagement (per the WA State Dept. of Health guidelines and CDC)
  • Be COVID-19 symptom free within the 10 days prior to participating in an Outdoors for All activity; complete daily health survey before entering Outdoors for All facility or program area (i.e. symptom chart, temperature, etc.)
  • Confirm no contact with individual displaying COVID-19 symptoms within the last 10 days
  • Be capable of meeting outside for programs (limited use of indoor facilities)
  • Be able to tolerate 2+ hours in an outdoor environment with summer conditions (limited use of indoor facilities for rest breaks; no lingering indoors)
  • Be capable of transferring into/out of equipment independently or with the support of a party member
  • Be capable of donning/doffing equipment independently or with the support of a party member (ex. Climbing harness, helmet, etc.)


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 and help you enjoy the serene waters of Lake Washington!

Register for our Kayaking Series today!


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.

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. 

Register for our Rock Climbing Series today!



MILITARY PROGRAMS

Military Programs Website Update:

For more than 20 years, Outdoors for All has been enriching the lives of veterans through outdoor recreation. In partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs, Disabled Sports USA, King County, Harnish Foundation, Boeing, Washington State military bases, and Seattle area partners, Outdoors for All provides year-round adaptive recreation for veterans with disabilities, injured active-duty military, transitioning military and their families. Our programs include alpine skiing, snowboarding, Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, kayaking, road cycling, mountain biking, rock climbing, and more. If you have questions, would like to join a specific program, or be placed on our mailing list, please contact Alecia McConnell via email AleciaM@outdoorsforall.org

Cycle Team: The Outdoors for All cycle team is for veteran, transitioning, and active-duty service members located in the PNW. Whether you are a first-time rider or just looking to get out and ride in a small and safe social circle, we have opportunities for you! Rides will take place in and around the Seattle area from the months of April to September.  Outdoors for All has a fleet of standard road bikes and multiple recumbent options available for rent. Interested riders can contact Alecia McConnell at AleciaM@outdoorsforall.org.




CUSTOM EVENTS

Custom Events

Each year through our Custom Events program, Outdoors for All partners with a variety of community organizations, parks & recreation departments, hospitals, and schools. Outdoors for All brings the fun of outdoor recreation directly to these groups, utilizing its expertise and existing adaptive recreation programs. An activity or set of activities is tailored to the partnering group’s specific needs. Custom Events may feature adaptive cycling, kayaking, snowshoeing, rock climbing or yoga.

Enhance your group picnic, camp, or other event with an Outdoors for All adaptive recreation Custom Event.

To schedule a Custom Event, please contact Kathryn Spisso at KathrynS@outdoorsforall.org.



YOGA

Adaptive Yoga

Join our therapeutic yoga group in gentle stretching, strength building, relaxation and fun! Outdoors for All has partnered with Alison Solam to lead yoga in 4-week series via online class for people with intellectual disabilities. Yoga is offered year-round. Email info@outdoorsforall.org to inquire about 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.


For the 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 or use our general contact below. We are happy to help!

e: info@outdoorsforall.org
t: 206.838.6030 x200

Summer Registration Information