CultureSeed is a nonprofit organization serving youth and communities in the Columbia Gorge region of the Pacific Northwest. A rural area with pronounced economic disparities the Columbia Gorge is also the largest national scenic area in the United States, where people from around the world come to recreate.

We are located on 150 acres at the confluence of Buck Creek and the White Salmon River, the ancestral lands of the Chinook, Yakama, Wasco, and Wishram. CultureSeed has access to a community garden, a makerspace and community room, and a three seasons campground with a yurt. The organization was born out of the interest of founding members of the Atlan intentional community as a way to give back.

Surrounded by forests, oak savannas, a National Forest trail system with a local waterfall and swimming hole, CultureSeed has access to a community garden, a makerspace that includes a wood shop, ceramic studio and community room, and a three seasons campground with a yurt, outdoor kitchen and yoga platforms. 

CultureSeed is the only organization in our region offering a year-round immersion for underserved youth with a focus on outdoor adventure. Our cornerstone programs are at least a year in duration and many of our youth return year after year.


On-site and off-site, CultureSeed offers a variety of transformational programs for regional underserved youth through a Year-Round Outdoor & Community Engagement Youth Cohort as well as a variety of initiatives from Outdoor Leadership to a Latinx Youth Summit. One of the most important things CultureSeed can do is help young people find their way to be in service to something larger than themselves, to feel the support of their community in the crafting of a joyful and satisfying life.


CultureSeed also serves as an incubator for additional Community Programs that create sustained connection to the wider community and opportunities to learn from one another. We are happy to support emerging programs through fiscal-sponsorship and incubator support. Our Community Programs demonstrate approaches to living in balance and enhance the opportunities for CultureSeed youth and regional communities.