About Us

About Outdoor Education Adventures

Specializing in creating intimate relationships with nature for people of all ages, Outdoor Education Adventures (OEA) encourages curiosity and creativity as well as getting dirty and having fun. We also sneak in learning about science and the wonders of nature (just don’t tell the kids they’re learning!). 

We believe strongly that we are teaching the leaders and community members of the future, and that exposing them to nature as much as possible will help them make more informed decisions and become conscientious citizens.

While OEA focuses primarily on educating children, we welcome people of all ages to join us in our adventures and explorations. Come out and play with us!

History and Future Adventures

Outdoor Education Adventures started as Watershed Education Adventures (WEA) in 2012 by Theresa Crain to meet the environmental education needs in Yamhill County. In 2015, Neyssa Hays joined WEA and the team decided to become part of the Greater Yamhill Watershed Council (GYWC). Early in 2017, Theresa and Neyssa set off on their own, creating Outdoor Education Adventures, LLC. OEA began transitioning to a nonprofit and began the process of restructuring, including adding a Board of Directors in 2020. As the cofounders of Outdoor Education Adventures, Theresa and Neyssa are excited to be stepping into a new phase for the organization and look forward to seeing where this new trail leads.

Outdoor Education Adventures is growing, adding camps, volunteers, and increasing the number of campers we can have at each adventure. We’re now hosting nearly forty days of camp adventures for ages 5-12, plus Nature Play Adventures for preschoolers and their adult playmates.  We’ll be continuing our all-ages events around the county, and as before OEA is also available for field trips and in-class nature programs that focus on hands-on learning. In order to expand our reach, OEA regularly partners with other organizations in Yamhill County, including the Yamhill Soil and Water Conservation District, the Yamhill Watershed Stewardship Fund, McMinnville Parks and Recreation, and school districts around the county. 


Awards & Recognition

 In 2015, the team was honored by Yamhill Soil and Water Conservation District with the Frieda L Miller Conservation Educator Award.

In support of their educational programs, they have also been recipients of grants from the Yamhill Watershed Stewardship Fund, Spirit Mountain Community Fund, and the Oregon Wildlife Foundation.