The Mazama Families program is designed for families to experience the outdoors together. We believe that outdoor adventure does not have to stop when you have kids and that it is important to get our children outside and participating in activities other than those involving electronic media.

Mazama Families was founded on a few simple principles: we need to teach our kids about the joys of mountaineering and other open-air activities; that a good day is when our kids have so much fun outdoors they want to come back again; that kids are more excited and get more involved when other kids are there; and that kids learn better from adults who are not their parents.

By being active with Mazama Families we ourselves have become more engaged with the outdoors. We hope you will too!

Starting in June/July you'll be able to find and register for all Mazama Families activities online. Check back soon!

Upcoming Activities

April 23, May 22, June 19, 5–8 p.m.: Families Rock Skills

Families Rock Skills is an open climbing session on the MMC climbing walls. Our focus is to help your family become comfortable with roped climbing in a supportive, low pressure atmosphere developed to encourage kids. And, for kids and parents who want to learn more, Mazama Families Mountaineering instructors are also there to help you and your kids learn or practice any basic climbing skill you want to cover from belaying to rappelling or more. You tell us what you want to learn, and we’ll show you the ropes. Kids and parents can earn a belay card to be able to belay at other Families Rock events. All ages are welcome to attend. There is plenty of space for toddlers to play while their older siblings climb. Kid and adult rock shoes and harnesses with belay devices are available at no extra cost. Come for the entire session or drop in for just a part of the evening. Bring along some snacks, water, dinner and extra clothing layers. Limited to 20 climbing kids and adults. Fee: $2 per person, $5 max per family.  

Monday, April 23 - register by clicking here
Tuesday, May 22 - register by clicking here
Tuesday, June 19 - register by clicking here

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