• We are so excited to share the following opportunities with students in grades 3-12. 

    Please email me at emily.kohner@hoodriver.k12.or.us to reserve your spot. You and your guardian will need to sign a liability waiver before you can participate. 

    Consider taking the CAT bus to the HROA building


    September: Kayaking

    Ms. Lyon, Mr. Walker, and I will provide an introduction to kayaking at the Nichols Boat Basin on September 21, 22, 28, 29

    Grades 3-5: 10-11:30 

    Grades 9-12: 12:00-1:30

    Grades 6-8: 1:30-3:30

    All paddles, boats, and PDFs will be provided. Wear clothing and shoes that can get wet and bring an extra layer if it is chilly. Bring a change of clothes and a water bottle. If it is sunny bring a hat, sunglasses, and a wear sunscreen. I do have a few loaner sunglasses. 

    As students progress, we will begin launching from The Hook. 

    This activity is co-sponsored by Gorge Ecology Outdoors. 


    Introduction to Mountain Biking

    October 5,6,12,13,19,20

    Learn to ride on trails and features in a safe and enjoyable way. More experienced riders are also welcome.

    Meet at the HROA building for transport in a school district van. Parents are welcome to drop kids off at Family Man if they prefer. Call me at 541-387-5100 extension 5137 for directions. 

    Bikes and helmets will be provided. Bring a backpack with an extra layer and a water bottle. Make sure to wear close-toed athletic shoes. 

    3rd-5th Graders.

    Depart HROA building at 9 am. Return at 11:00

    6-8th graders:

    Depart HROA building at 11:15-1:15 

    9-12th graders:

    Depart HROA building at 1:30. Return at 3:30








    My background and credentials in outdoor leadership: AKA I will keep you/your student safe! 

    Graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS)

    I attended a month-long backpacking course as a 15 year old and then returned to take a Semester in Alaska course while in college. I earned 12 credits in outdoor leadership from the University of Utah and 6 credits in field biology from the University of Michigan through this experience.

    I have completed training as a Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician through the Wilderness Medicine Institute and was an instructor for the National Ski Patrol Winter Emergency Care course.

    I have also been a Red Cross First Aid and CPR instructor.

    I have completed swift water rescue training and worked for 4 seasons as a white water raft guide. 

    I worked for 4 seasons as a pro patroller at Mt Hood Meadows and I have taught cross country skiing at the Meadows Nordic Center since 2004. 

    I owned and operated a small guiding company that focused on taking at risk kids rock climbing. 

    I ran an outdoor adventure program for 3 years through the Skamania County Recreation Department. We took kids climbing, taught windsurfing, went on hikes, and did some river trips. 

    Completed a windsurfing instructor training

    Completed the American Mountain Guide Association (AMGA) top rope site manager course as part of a partnership with the State of Washington's 4H program that brought rock climbing opportunities to at risk youth. 

    I have taught rock climbing, kayaking, and mountain biking through the EXCEL program at Wyeast Middle School for about 6 years. 

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  • Print and Sign a Waiver: 

    All students must have a waiver signed by their parent or guardian. You can print out one of these, get it signed, and bring it to the first outing. Or you can email me and let me know that your parent will sign on the first time they drop you off. 

    Waiver in Spanish

    Waiver in English