Past OAKs

>> Andy's West Coast Ride
>> Nick's Long Walk


Outdoor Adventures for Kids (OAK) is a program that helps outdoor enthusiasts turn their outdoor adventures into fundraisers for Bay Area Wilderness Training. With the help of OAK, you can turn just about any activity into a fundraiser: a backpacking trip, a bike ride, a mountain climb... the possibilities are endless!

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How OAK Works
Frequently Asked Questions

100% of the money you raise goes to support BAWT.


Bay Area Wilderness Training (BAWT) is a project of Earth Island Institute, a 501(c)(3) corporation founded by environmental activist and climber David Brower. Brower’s legacy as a climber with hundreds of first ascents on High Sierra peaks is only overshadowed by his legacy as a tireless champion of the environment. Read more: about BAWT, Brower and Earth Island Institute.

Mission Statement

To create opportunities for urban youth to experience wilderness first hand.

Vision Statement

BAWT exists as a vital, comprehensive and ongoing source of support to agencies that lead youth wilderness trips. We believe that urban youth, once exposed to wilderness, have a broadened sense of themselves, each other, and the world around them. BAWT extends it services to the eight counties of the San Francisco Bay Area. We hope other organizations will take this vision to the rest of the country and the larger world.

Primary Strategy

BAWT's primary strategy for achieving its mission is to provide Bay Area youth agency staff with wilderness leadership training and outdoor equipment so that they, along with the youth they serve, may explore the power and beauty of California's wilderness.

Values Statement

With this vision and strategy in mind, BAWT has developed a set of four core values:

Diversity - We promote a diverse community of environmental educators.
Risk - We foster the virtues of positive, calculated risk taking.
Environmental Stewardship - We honor and protect the earth.
Relationships - We nurture a culture of learning through relationships.

BAWT is a proud member of:

The Association of Experiential Educators
The Outdoor Industry Association
The Children & Nature Network