Program Overview

There are many physical and mental health benefits to exploring the outdoors including improving cardiovascular and muscular health, and easing stress and anxiety levels. Plus, it’s fun! Lambert House provides monthly opportunities for LGBTQ youth to experience the amazing forests, lakes, rives, and mountains around us. Our trips are a great way to make friends, too!

Trips are facilitated by highly skilled volunteers, whose profiles are below. The current schedule for the year is present on the right hand side of this page (or at the bottom on mobile), including links to the Washington Trails Association pages for each destination. We will feature information about the next upcoming trip below, as well as a way for youth to register for the current trip at the bottom of this page. Youth may also register in person at Lambert House up to 2 weeks in advance of the trip.

Lambert House rents a van and provides transportation from and back to Lambert House for each trip. We also have some equipment available for youth to borrow, and can help provide water, snacks, and lunch for youth that aren’t able to. Email Program Manager Brandon Knox if you have any questions about this program.

Locations and dates are subject to change due to safety, weather, and other factors.

Stand Up Paddling on Lake Sammamish - Sunday, July 21


Join Keitrah and Whitney for a day of stand up paddle boarding on the beautiful Lake Sammamish on Sunday, June 21st! We’ll meet at Lambert House at 9am, provide transportation to and from the activity, returning to Lambert House by 5pm.

Things you’ll need for this trip (Lambert House has some equipment available, so let us know in advance if there’s anything you need):

  • Youth that have not been to Lambert House drop-in center before will need to complete our orientation before the day of the hike. Orientations can be completed during our drop-in hours without appointment (M-F 4-9:30pm). Click here to learn more about orientations.

  • Register at Lambert House front desk, or online below, by Thursday, July 18.

  • $20 deposit, or waiver of deposit by a staff member (email Program Manager, Brandon)

  • Warm hat

  • Water bottle

  • Bathing suit/clothes that can get wet

  • Sunglasses and sun screen

  • Dry bag (can be rented from UW WAC)

  • Change of clothes

  • Lunch and snacks

  • Signed liability release form (signed by you if 18-22, or signed by parent/guardian if 17 or younger)

  • Your medications (if you need any)

Register in person at the Lambert House front desk, or using the registration form below, by Thursday, June 6th. A $20 deposit is required at registration to hold your spot. You may turn in your deposit at the Lambert House front desk in person, or by using the PayPal link below. The deposit will be returned to you, or you may donate it, when you show up for the hike. If the deposit is not possible, but you want to go on the hike, let us know - we would prefer youth who are interested go on the hike!

The Team

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Annie Emanuels is a Master's student at the University of Washington where she studies the transmission of respiratory viruses across Seattle. Before starting graduate school, Annie worked for her college’s Outdoor Education program, and spent summers leading backpacking, canoeing, and sea kayaking trips for kids and young adults in Ontario, Wyoming, and Alaska. For the past two summers, Annie has worked for the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) leading backpacking trips in Wyoming and the Olympic Peninsula. Aside from her outdoor pursuits, Annie enjoys playing the piano, making pizza, reading books by fireplaces, and attempting to make a perfect cup of coffee. She is excited to be leading trips with Lambert House this year!

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Hunter York is a research fellow at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation where he studies socioeconomic indicators and how they influence health. He recently moved to Seattle after finishing his undergrad in Boston where he studied evolutionary psychology and music. There, he led camping trips for incoming first-years in college and is excited to be involved with the outdoor program at Lambert House. Outside of school, work, and Lambert House, you can find him cooking desserts, climbing, collecting insects, and swimming in Lake Washington.


Whitney just moved to Seattle in October to chase her dreams of living in the PNW, and to be by the ocean. A desert kid that grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, she fell in love with the outdoors when she moved two hours north t0 pursue a degree in Biology among the pine trees. She loved it so much, she got a Masters Degree in Science Education and spent two years teaching high school before moving to Seattle. She led hiking and camping trips with her students, and spent summers volunteering with a non-profit taking youth on river trips in the Grand Canyon. In her free time, she likes to play in the trees with her dog Agnes, do yoga, read, listen to music, and cook vegan food.


Keitrah Oakley loves to rock climb, bag peaks, and ride her motorcycle. She got into climbing 14 years ago when she quit drinking. If she’s not at work as a Charge Nurse at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance or doing the at-home thing, she longs to be climbing! In addition to having summited Mount Rainier twice with a third summit bid scheduled for summer 2019, she volunteer teaches outdoor/mountaineering skills to people in recovery and their family/friends. At 46, she lives with her fiancé and two daughters, ages 10 and 12. She adores her trans nephew Michael, aged 16, and is super excited to be volunteering at Lambert House.


Ken Shulman is the Executive Director of Lambert House and founder of the Outdoor Education & Recreation program. Ken grew up hiking, camping, canoeing, sailing, fishing, swimming, cross-country and downhill skiing, bicycling, and rock climbing in New England and New York State almost from infancy. At ages 15 and 16 he was a student on 9-week environmental studies expeditions that crossed the United States. At ages 18, 19, and 20 he co-led outdoor education expeditions professionally through 35 states. At 21, he designed and led a wilderness biopsychology program for adjudicated youth under the auspices of Thurston County Youth Services.

Ken has led dozens of multi-day expeditions in as many wilderness areas from the SW to Alaska, and the NE; attended multiple climbing schools; re-certified in Advanced First Aid twice; and weathered blizzards and winter storms. Ken has been pleased to co-lead numerous Lambert House Outdoor Ed/Rec excursions and says of his nearly innumerable experiences as a youth, “I was a lucky boy!”


Brandon Knox is the Program Manager at Lambert House, loves being in the outdoors, and serves as a backup facilitator for this program. He studied Oceanography at the University of Washington, is an Eagle Scout, and grew up camping and hiking with family. Brandon has had the opportunity to learn wilderness emergency preparedness skills from the Cowlitz County Search and Rescue, wilderness survival, and first aid training as a teen. He co-facilitated a Lambert House hike to the summit of Mount Ellinor in 2017 (pictured above). Brandon loves the clarity of mind found outdoors, and his favorite animal is the giant panda.

Trip Rgistration - Stand Up Paddling on Lake Sammamish

Waiver of Liability: Required for each trip, signed by the participant if 18-22, or by parent/guardian if the participant is 17 or younger. Turn the waiver in when you arrive for the trip. If you don’t have a signed waiver, you won’t be allowed to go.

Deposit: Pay your deposit of $20 via the PayPal button below, or with cash/check in person at Lambert House when you register. Deposit required for each trip to hold your spot. Your deposit will be returned to you when you show up for the trip, or you may choose to donate it (online deposit returns may take several days to process, but will be refunded to the original form of payment). If you want to go, but can’t pay the deposit, please talk with Program Manager Brandon Knox, or email him, about a waiver - we want all youth to be able to go on the trip!

Registration: Fill out the registration form below for the current trip. You may also register in person at the Lambert House front desk. Registration will be open at least two weeks in advance of each trip.

Participant Full Name *
Participant Full Name
Phone *
Best number to reach you at.
Name(s), relationship to you, and phone number
Equipment for the trip that you cannot acquire *
Following is a list of equipment & supplies needed for the trip. Check the items that you don't have or can't get and we will contact you about how we can help. If you have everything, please select "Nothing needed".
If there's anything you want us to know, or any questions you have, please include it here.