Since the early 1960’s Outward Bound has a rich and proud history here in Minnesota. The first Outward Bound School in the states was founded in Colorado in 1962. Minnesota quickly followed, opening in 1964 in the Boundary Waters of Northern Minnesota, by founder Bob Pieh. The Minnesota school was the first Outward Bound School with girls on course in 1965.

Twenty years later the school became officially known as the Voyageur Outward Bound School with program areas in several locations including Montana, Texas, Canada and the Twin Cities. Voyageur Outward Bound School was the first Outward Bound organization in the United States to conduct urban programming. With 50 years of wilderness programs and 27 years of urban programs, we have a long history of designing progressive social and emotional learning courses in Minnesota.

April 17th, 2010 urban programming returned to the Twin Cities after a long hiatus. In May 2011, the Twin Cities Center was officially launched. The Twin Cities Center works with approximately 35 community partners, including organizations like YouthLink, Rivers Edge Academy, the University of Minnesota, New Lens Urban Mentoring, and Ujamaa Place.

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Since 1964, the Voyageur Outward Bound School has been delivering challenging wilderness adventures that teach more than outdoor skills.

Voyageur Outward Bound School (formerly Minnesota Outward Bound School) was founded in 1964 by visionary educator Bob Pieh. To learn more, visit

To learn more, visit Voyageur Outward Bound School was founded in 1964 by visionary educator Bob Pieh. Watch this fun video to hear how Outward Bound is just as relevant as ever!