Among a Strong Tribe
"I was born and raised in Portland, and have lived here all my life. I went to Camp Adams for Outdoor School in 6th grade (probably about 1988) and it was a life-changing experience. Even though my parents were wonderful about supporting my interests surrounding all things outdoor-oriented, the experience of ODS without them (and with a bunch of other kids) was like no other. I remember specifically learning about the greenhouse effect by sitting in a dark tent with several other people breathing and making it hot. I've been deeply concerned about all things environmental ever since. That concern was part of what has inspired me to continue to live in Portland, ride a bicycle for transportation, and make other efforts to live as "green" a life as possible. I believe wholeheartedly that every child's education should include learning about ecology, native flora and fauna, and outdoor life skills. When I meet fellow native Oregonians (of my generation, who have attended ODS and/or spent a lot of time outdoors) I feel like I'm among a strong tribe of folks with shared values of ecological stewardship and knowledge. I don't ever want to see that fade. Kids need to get outside!"
Susan Langenes (Milwaukie, OR)