"Sundance Meets Outward Bound"

At OPEN ROADS ACADEMY, we like to think of ourselves as
"Sundance meets Outward Bound."


Open Roads taps into the personal growth that comes from reflective time in nature and combines it with an introduction to the documentary arts of photography, film, and writing to help us learn from the stories of others and become active authors of our own life stories.


We are inspired by a firm belief that first-hand experiences and stories are the best teachers the world has to offer. We have witnessed again and again that simply stepping outside of our hectic lives to explore the natural world while listening to the stories of others can be transformative, for all of us.

We focus on providing programs and ongoing coaching based on this philosophy to a diverse range of high school students who are about to make the transition to college and thriving adulthood.

Simply put, we aim to create adventures and stories that make the world a better place.


Featured Programs

The best way to kick off your Open Roads journey is through one of our curated adventures that combine an introduction to the documentary arts of filmmaking, photography, and writing o help high school students develop their natural capacity to become authors of their own life story.
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We follow up our summer adventure programs with year-round coaching to help students integrate ​the growth and learning from the summer when they return home.
Specifically, we act as coaches to help navigate the daunting college process, and telling your most compelling and authentic story through your essays. 
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Sometimes the hardest story to tell is your own, and we are here to help. Our community of talented and intrepid filmmakers, photographers, and writers are ideally suited to help you school, camp, travel program, or organization (or even your business) get to the heart of your story. 

We specialize in telling stories happening on the go, in wild and natural spaces.
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