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We connect urban children of all ages to the natural environments in our region, reaching elementary, middle and high school students through in-school, after-school, weekend and summer programs.

Elementary School Program


2nd through 5th grade students from Richmond City Public Schools, along with their teachers, travel outside of their urban contexts to explore Richmond’s environment and various habitats in order to increase their understanding of the natural world.

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Middle School Program


OAC members learn basic outdoor skills such as rock climbing, hiking, camping, and kayaking. The program culminates each semester with an expedition that challenges the youth to use their new skills on an overnight in the great outdoors.

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High School Program


OLI is a high school program that includes an intense summer wilderness experience and on-going Saturday service projects through the following school year designed to build confidence, multicultural teamwork, leadership and community involvement.

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