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OPEN ROADS is a creative outdoor community where nature and narrative meet.

OPEN ROADS has been delivering transformative personal growth programs that combine awe-inspiring wilderness adventures, reflective journal writing, and the creative story arts of film and photography to help all of us become ambitious authors of our own life stories.


We design programs in partnership with schools, foundations and youth organizations that serve high-character young adults who show leadership potential. The goal is to equip our youth with the ability to bring the mental health benefits of nature into communities that have been historically excluded, and to exemplify a culture of empathy. We also believe this approach will have a more systemic impact by planting the seeds for an expansive network of environmental stewards who will work to protect our natural world.


To date, we have provide hundreds of full scholarships to participants from across the country -- most of whom were experiencing nature and travel for the first time. And we are just getting started! Learn more about our vision here.

For more than 20 years

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"This trip did miracles for my mental health. I came back motivated, much more than I had been in a really long time. It was as if being in nature and doing the unimaginable had cleansed my soul. It was definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience."