For Prospective Mentors, Volunteers, and Staff

LOGIN – For Current Mentors/Senior Partners

Our 2021 Outdoor Mentor recruitment season CLOSED on JUNE 20.

If you want to do your homework for next year, download the full position description for outdoor mentors HERE, and learn more about eligibility and the application process HERE.
If you still have questions, contact Kristin at or 541-281-7162, and be sure to add yourself to our newsletter mailing list on the form below.

**Please note that in 2021, all new mentors will be required to be vaccinated against COVID in order to minimize risk to the vulnerable communities we serve, and this requirement may be extended into 2022 and beyond if necessary. Thank you for your understanding.**

Learn more about our outdoor mentoring model below:

Like traditional mentors, our mentors are adults that want to make a difference in the life of a young person by spending the time with them to build a caring relationship. But they are also something else—they are the senior member of a very special partnership, one that happens outdoors in the many great places that Portland has to offer, and one that respects a young person’s interests, abilities, and background, and allows them to make guided choices that will build their self-confidence and problem solving skills. Senior Partners serve as the bridge between a young person’s family, community, and school life, and the possibilities that exploring urban nature on their own terms can open up for learning about oneself and one’s place in the world.

If you are an adult  who wants  to share the urban outdoors with a young person in 4th grade and beyond, and you possess the open mindedness to know that you can learn just as much as you can teach, then becoming a UNP Senior Partner might be for you!   



    We’re thrilled to be able to offer free sensory deprivation tank floats to new volunteers through our partners at Float On! Learn more here.

All our staff and volunteers are also eligible for Pro Deal discounts from Columbia Sportswear to outfit themselves for more outdoor adventures, as well as periodic access to the Adidas Employee Store. 


Want to learn more about any mentoring, volunteer, staff, or internship opportunity? Contact Founder and Program Director Kristin Bowling: email or 541-281-7162.