2016 volunteer project in Bonaire. Removal of debris and rehabilitation of turtle nesting beach.    More info here.

2016 volunteer project in Bonaire. Removal of debris and rehabilitation of turtle nesting beach. More info here.

2014 volunteer project - Monitoring climate and pika in the Southern Rockies.    More info here.

2014 volunteer project - Monitoring climate and pika in the Southern Rockies. More info here.

Past volunteer project with local scientists and students, Cali Colombia to develop a sustainable tourism plan for the Santuario de Fauna y Flora Otun Quimbaya.

Past volunteer project with local scientists and students, Cali Colombia to develop a sustainable tourism plan for the Santuario de Fauna y Flora Otun Quimbaya.

The Outsider Corps is looking for additional sponsors, either individuals or businesses. This is a opportunity to give back to the local community and support volunteer projects.      To receive a sponsorship information packet, please email us at this address      contact the Institute     .

The Outsider Corps is looking for additional sponsors, either individuals or businesses. This is a opportunity to give back to the local community and support volunteer projects.

To receive a sponsorship information packet, please email us at this address contact the Institute.


Program Goals

1.  To communicate with the local communities in which the Institute is based, to share experiences of inspiring outside places and people and connect this inspiration to actions to conserving these for the next seven generations.

2.  To recruit, train when appropriate, and deploy highly skilled and dedicated volunteers to leverage and expand the Institute’s impact in its projects in a cost-effective way.    

3.  To provide volunteers with opportunities to use their existing skills, learn new skills and  make a difference to restore and conserve places, natural resources and the communities that depend on these resources.

Summary of Impact to Date

Since its initiation, Outsider Corps has presented six free programs to over 120 attendees.

  • Bonaire: Above Below and Beyond
  • Boats, Bikes and the Big Blackwater: a Night in Georgia
  • Searching for Haypiles and Answers: Pika and Politics
  • The Goat Man Cometh - Nappy’s Mountain Goats
  • The Seabird Legacy of the Exxon Valdez
  • Women Making Waves for Nature

Volunteer projects started years ago at the Institute so Outsider Corps is really a formalization of this concept.

  • Citizen science project in the Pecos Wilderness of New Mexico.

  • Volunteer “pop-up”project on the island of Bonaire.

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Upcoming Activities

  • More inspiring and free programs

  • More volunteer projects.

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Wednesday January 9, 2019, Outsider Corps returns with

Women Making Waves for Nature

The islands and waters of the Caribbean are home to amazing coral reefs, wildlife and cultures. Bonaire is one of the last and best preserved Caribbean islands, but climate change, invasive species and tourism are dark clouds of change on the horizon. Meet some dedicated women of Bonaire who are confronting these challenges in their island home head on and learn how you can help protect one of the last strongholds of turtles, coral reefs, parrots and healthy nature in the Caribbean.


“Stuff your eyes with wonder... see the world”
— Ray Bradbury, Farenheit 451 (slightly edited, with apologies to Ray).

What make some trips beyond great? Whether close to home or on the edge of world, truly great trips have experiences that “stuff your eyes with wonder” and inspire us to give back. More and more travelers are opting to volunteer, restore, and study inspiring places and equally, to extend a hand to the inspiring people who live there. This is the power of thinking “outside” the box.This is the power of traveling “outside” to create and share good in the world.

And this is the great feeling you can get from Outsider Corps and knowing that you made a difference for people and places … maybe even for the next seven generations. That’s not opinion. Multiple studies show that helping others, doing good, and volunteering create joy and satisfaction for the volunteer. * ** *** **** Because sometimes the wonder is inside too.


Outsider Corps has two parts

  • Free programs featuring all kinds of trip reports, with and without volunteer work. Got a bucket list? You'll need to update it after a few of these programs.

  • The Institute’s volunteer projects that you can opt to participate in. You'll hear more about this at the monthly programs. They may be local or international. Past volunteer projects have been monitoring climate and pika in the Pecos Wilderness of New Mexico, restoring a turtle nesting beach on Bonaire, and developing a sustainable tourism plan for a small national part in Colombia.


When/Where is it?

(Usually) 2nd Weds of the month. 6:00 PM. Dates change occasionally to accommodate speaker schedules.

Programs are held at the visitor center of the Sawtooth Botanical Garden.  Thank you to the Botanical Garden for the generous use of this space.

Scroll down to the bottom of the page for directions to the Botanical Garden.

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References

*La Follette School Working Paper No. 2017-004 http://www.lafollette.wisc.edu/research-public-service/publications.

**Aknin, L.B., Dunn, E.W., Sandstrom, G.M. and Norton, M.I. (2013). Does social connection turn good deeds into good feelings?: On the value of putting the `social´ in prosocial spending. International Journal of Happiness and Development, 1(2), pp. 155-171.

***Aknin, L.B., Dunn, E.W. & Norton, M.I. J Happiness Stud (2012) 13: 347. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10902-011-9267-5

****Buchanan, Kathryn & Bardi, Anat. (2010). Acts of Kindness and Acts of Novelty Affect Life Satisfaction. The Journal of social psychology. 150. 235-7. 10.1080/00224540903365554.