OUR MISSION: 

Equitable access to outdoor experiences for youth of color and low-income youth

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.

What we do:

Outdoor Leadership Training

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

Free Outdoor Gear Library

Free high-quality outdoor gear loaned for free for youth groups, schools and community organizations serving disadvantaged youth. 

Funding & Support

Offering scholarships for training courses, and grants to support trips with youth. Offering a supportive community of peers and guidance

Why we do what we do

We help thousands of diverse Bay Area youth get outdoors on overnight camping trips each year.
Some of them have never seen the ocean or left their neighborhoods. 

GET INVOLVED

Come to a Volunteer Night

Learn more at a Discovery Session

Support our work

Get Trained 

NEWS

Cultural Heritage Hike

Join us, Bay Area Wilderness, Amah Mutsun Tribal Band and National Park Service on a cultural heritage hike. This is an opportunity for the community (especially educators) to reflect on how the history of our public lands is...

Development Director job

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Work for equity in  the outdoors DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT JOB ANNOUNCEMENT Organization Summary  Bay Area Wilderness Training (BAWT) is a social and environmental justice organization and a project of the Earth Island Institute. Our mission is to...

Gear Extravaganza

  Want to upgrade your own gear library without busting your budget? Join us at our gear library for the opportunity to score some used outdoor equipment. Items include: Backpacks, Sleeping bags and pads, Winter/summer outdoor clothing, Casual wear, and more....

Campsite Giveaway

In 2014, Bay Area Wilderness Training has six group campsite reservations at Anthony Chabot Regional Park’s Puma Point campground to give away to BAWT trained leaders.   The dates and locations for the trips cannot be changed.  Each reservations is for a minimum of 11...

Featured youth worker

Testimonial

 “I think it is very important for more youth to have the chance to experience the outdoors. Experiencing the outdoors for me was my ticket to cleaning my life up, and I think that this can be the case for more youth; they just need the opportunity to see it.” 

– Terry Roy, Outdoor Coordinator, BAWT FLT Alumni

Our generous supporters

Oakland Gear Library

1050 East 8th Street, Oakland

San Francisco Gear Library

325 La Grande Avenue, San Francisco

South Bay Gear Library

Sobrato Center, 471 Valley Way, Bldg. 1, Milpitas

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