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:
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.
Come to a Volunteer Night
Learn more at a Discovery Session
Support our work
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...
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...
Bay Area Wilderness Training Happy Camper Hour 2019 Thursday, April 4 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM Clif Bar Headquarters 1451 66th Street Emeryville, CA 94608 Tickets: $35
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....
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
“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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