Pathfinder logoBy Kathy L. Collins

Pathfinder Outdoor Education is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to deliver fun, challenging adventures that help people learn about themselves, others and the environment. They facilitate educational programs that develop leadership, increase self-confidence, and enhance communication skills through trust and team-building activities.​ Pathfinder Outdoor Education was founded in 1993 and is headquartered in St. Petersburg.

Local residents can take part in Pathfinder Outdoor Education’s programs at Cedarkirk, a year round camp and conference center located in Lithia. Cedarkirk is situated on the Alafia River with 170 acres of woodlands, wetlands and uplands.

According to Amy Durand, co-executive director of Pathfinder Outdoor Education, “Pathfinder is an accredited nonprofit delivering fun, high-quality, emotionally and physically safe, outdoor education programs. We work with a wide range of people including school groups, corporate groups, community and church groups, and other nonprofits. We love what we do and that is bringing out the best in our participants, enabling them to develop skills and confidence to help them change their communities.”

Pathfinder Outdoor Education is perfect for anyone and everyone. It is generally best for children 6-years-old and up. Groups of at least 10 people and anywhere up to 150 people can be accommodated.​

Durand said, “Pathfinder is an educational program that is actually a lot of fun. We take people outside of the classroom or office into nature where they can spend time participating in unique, hands-on classes that are thoughtful and engaging. We get people working together so they can gain new skills in problem-solving, resolving conflict, listening, observing, and working effectively in a group.”

Pathfinder Outdoor Education has facilitated groups from schools such as the Brandon Academy and University of Tampa as well as professional groups and other nonprofits. Some of the programs that are offered include Team Building Adventure, Florida Environmental Studies and Wilderness Leadership.

For more information, visit, call 727-328-0300 or email​

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