Bay Area Wilderness Training (BAWT) a project of Earth Island Institute, was founded with the idea that California’s bountiful wilderness areas are a vast – yet untapped – resource for local youth-serving organizations. BAWT promotes the wise use of these national, state and regional parks through our professional wilderness leadership training. Then, we connect the teachers and youth workers to our outdoor gear libraries. That way, youth organizations and schools may outfit their groups for trips of their own – free of charge!
We believe that well led trips to granite cliffs, isolated beaches and ancient redwoods provide youth with powerful, life changing experiences.
Helping YOU get Youth Outdoors!
Bay Area Wilderness Training’s mission is to create opportunities for youth from the San Francisco Bay Area to experience wilderness first hand. To achieve our mission, we train teachers and youth workers, provide outdoor gear loans, give financial support, and foster community collaboration.
Bay Area Wilderness Training (BAWT) envisions a world where all youth have access to the wilderness. We believe that youth, once exposed to the wilderness, have a broadened sense of themselves, one another, and the world around them and are better prepared to lead social and environmental change.
Four core values guide BAWT’s work:
- Diversity: We purposefully engage with a diverse community of teachers and youth workers to ensure all of these leaders are better prepared to lead youth from an increasingly diverse San Francisco Bay Area.
- Risk: We foster the virtues of positive, calculated risk-taking and provide the tools necessary to engage in such activities safely.
- Environmental Stewardship: Our leadership trainings ensure that teachers and youth workers have the skills necessary to lead responsible outdoor trips and to cultivate an environmental ethic in the youth they serve.
- Relationships: We seek to build a culture of the outdoors that echoes throughout communities by building relationships with existing community leaders.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement
Bay Area Wilderness Training is an environmental and social justice organization committed to dismantling racism, sexism, classism, and other forms of oppression that stand in the way of all people fully participating in outdoor activities. We believe that people visiting the outdoors should be represented by the full diversity of races, genders, income levels, and other identities that exist in the San Francisco Bay Area. To create more equity and increase access to the outdoors for traditionally underrepresented communities, we prioritize services for low income youth and youth of color. We work to ensure that our programs, organizational practices, and partnerships are inclusive and support these ideals and priorities.
Each year, thousands of youth experience the outdoors through Bay Area Wilderness Training’s programs. This work would not be possible without the help of individual donors. This includes our Climbing for Kids fundraiser’s climbers and their supporters, who make up the largest source of revenue for us. Over 90% of revenues are used towards program support, development and fundraising.
Thank you to all our donors, both individual and corporate. We could not have reached all these youth without your support.