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 equitable access to outdoor experiences for youth of color and low income youth.
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.
Three values guide BAWT’s work:
- Social Justice
- Environmental Stewardship
- Community Empowerment
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement
In alignment with our Value of Social Justice, 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. Over 90% of revenues are used towards program support, development and fundraising.
Thank you to all of our individual donors, corporate supporters, and foundations. We could not have reached all these youth without your generous support.