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 Bay Area Wilderness Training and Committee for Green Foothills on this Cultural Heritage Hike with the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band and the National Park Service. This is an opportunity for the community (especially educators) to reflect on how the...

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....

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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