Registration is now open for 2018 courses! We have a new Summit scholarship program which will give partial scholarships to qualifying applicants for up to 33% of all available spots on our Wilderness, Frontcountry, Hiking Leadership Training, and Snowshoeing courses.
Free outdoor gear loans for BAWT trained leaders at schools and organizations serving either 80% youth of color or 40% low-income youth. Extremely low-cost gear rentals are available for all other BAWT trained leaders. Learn more when you reserve your gear.
BAWT in the News- Feature Article in East Bay Magazine (September 2017 )
NBC showcases BAWT on Open Road with Doug McConnell, aired July 31st and May 15th
On the February 22nd edition of Your Call, the topic was:
Your Favorite Bay Area Hikes.
Our 2015 #Becauseofbawt campaign has come to a close and we have named Kate Noetzel and her students at De Marillac Academy of San Francisco as the winners!
Check out the winning submission video:
Read about how supporters, teachers, and partners have helped us make an impact. 2015 Annual Report.
Internships in Marketing, Programs, Adventure Fundraising, and Development are available. Apply today!
What is Bay Area Wilderness Training?
Training, free gear loans, funding, and a community of peer support – these are the services BAWT has provided since 1999. BAWT is about breaking down barriers for young people to access the outdoors – to fight against childhood obesity and a growing, disturbing disconnect now becoming known as “Nature-Deficit Disorder”. This term, coined by Richard Louv, describes the growing psychological, physical, and cognitive costs of alienation from nature. BAWT is addressing this concern by getting over 60,000 youth outdoors!
Whether you’re someone looking to get trained to take kids outside or a person looking to make a difference in your community by making a contribution of time or money, BAWT provides a way for you to help connect kids to the bigger picture of a living planet that we all share.
Come visit us!
BAWT’s Oakland Headquarters: 1050 East 8th Street (map it).
Check out our video about how BAWT can make a difference. Produced by Peter Abrams and Yerdle Fund