Think Outside. No Box Required.

Our Mission

To unlock potential, promote self discovery, and inspire growth.

How We Carry Out Our Mission

We foster positive peer relationships, self-confidence and environmental stewardship by connecting individuals with nature and each other through hands-on learning experiences.

We create and offer highly customized programs in some of the most exciting and spectacular settings such as the Grand Canyon, Yosemite and Joshua Tree National Parks, Point Reyes National Seashore, the Colorado River, and the Sierra Nevada Mountains. In such spectacular destinations, we provide people with adventures that broaden their horizons literally and figuratively.

Outdoor Adventures by Boojum is accredited by the Association for Experiential Education, which ensures the highest level of quality and safety. Our activities include camping, rock climbing, high-ropes courses, eco activities and other fun yet challenging pursuits.

In addition to students from kindergarten through college who take part on a fee-for-service basis, Outdoor Adventures by Boojum serves grant-supported members of community groups who lack opportunities to explore the outdoors. It is sustained by grants, donations and fees for service; Outdoor Adventures by Boojum receives no public funding.

Who We Are

Founded in 1975, Outdoor Adventures by Boojum is a nonprofit that helps people learn more about themselves, each other and the environment. It’s an outdoor school with hiking, rock climbing, high-ropes courses, and other fun yet challenging activities.

The institute has benefited more than 100,000 people in its role as an educational partner and established an enduring reputation for value, integrity and fun.

Its course directors are a rare, inspired breed – both highly trained as outdoor educators and committed to making sure kids LIVE while they learn. Even participants who struggle in a traditional classroom environment frequently find Boojum’s brand of education deeply enjoyable, personally rewarding and unforgettable.

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What is a Boojum?

Lewis Carroll’s poem, “The Hunting of the Snark,” features a mythical creature that eludes definition: the magical and mysterious Boojum. Throughout the poem, as the party searches for the Snark, the Boojum regularly appears, challenging the party’s narrow focus and obsession with finding the Snark.

The moral of the poem is that our rush to reach preconceived destinations can sometimes blind us to the beauty and wonder of the journey. Boojum is about facilitating life’s journey. The Institute has taken an image of the Boojum tree, found in central Baja California, as its symbol. The Boojum tree (Fouquieria columnaris) a member of the plant family that includes ocotillos.

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