Bay Area Wilderness Training envisions a generation of social and environmental leaders, inspired by positive and meaningful experiences in nature, who reflect the diversity of our local community.

Support our work Executive Director 
Announcement 1/27/23


Equitable ​access to outdoor experiences 
for BIPOC and low income youth

Outdoor Leadership Training

We offer affordable outdoor leadership skills training for teachers and youth workers. 

Outdoor Gear Libraries

Free or reduced loan rentals on hig​h-quality outdoor gear loaned for free for youth groups, schools and community organizations serving BIPOC and youth and families facing financial difficulties

Funding & Support

We offer scholarships for training courses, mini-grants to support youth trips, and a supportive community of peers and guidance. Please note: Mini-grants are currently paused until late 2023. Thank you for your patience.

COVID-19 Resources and Updates

You can find information about our upcoming virtual programs, updated guidelines from local health departments, tips on how to spend time outdoors safely, ideas on where to go to avoid potential crowds, and resources for curriculum to use with youth while learning at home. We hope you all stay healthy and find ways to engage with the outdoors safely! 

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Executive Director Anouncement

Meet Jim Riddell, of the Riddell Family Trust

What initially inspired you to lend your support to Oakland youth?  My sister and I grew up in Berkeley, and our mother lived in Oakland …

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Standing Up for Roe V. Wade

Bay Area Wilderness Training staff believe our work stands vehemently against the strikedown of Roe V. Wade. We are outraged at the disdain …

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AFK Mount Baker: Crystal's Climb

We’re teaming up with AFK participants to get the lowdown on our BAWT signature trips. Get inspired by individuals who have already fundraised …

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