May 1, 2018 / Edward Mills / Outside Magazine

2018 Outside Faces of Change: Elyse Rylander

I had my lightbulb moment in college. I was taking a queer theory class, and one day the professor invited two graduate students to talk about a writing space they'd created for LGBTQ kids. I'd noticed this disconnect between my queer friends and my outdoorsy friends, so being 20 years old and thinking I could change the world, I wrote my senior thesis about.how to build an organization that gets queer kids Into the outdoors. After I graduated, I worked as a commercial wilderness guide in Alaska for a couple of years, then came back to Seattle and got to work turning my thesis into Out There Adven­tures. We received our nonprofit status in 2014, and ever since it's been full-on trying to raise money and get programs going. Elyse Rylander of Bellingham, WA took charge and founded Out There Adventures.  Read full feature here. 

        We acknowledge that Whatcom County is located on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples. They cared for the lands that included what we’d call the Puget Sound region, Vancouver Island and British Columbia since time immemorial. This gives us the great obligation and opportunity to learn how to care for our surrounding areas and all the natural and human resources we require to live. We express our deepest respect and gratitude for our indigenous neighbors, the Lummi Nation and Nooksack Tribe, for their enduring care and protection of our shared lands and waterways.
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