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

Join an Adventure for Kids (AFK) Team

Support our work

Get Trained 

NEWS

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 their way to adventure and made a direct impact on Bay Area youth. Crystal is a creative fundraiser and adventurer who is on...

Andrea’s Half Dome Hike

We're teaming up with AFK participants to get the lowdown on our BAWT signature trips. Get inspired by individuals who have already fundraised their way to adventure and made a direct impact on Bay Area youth. Andrea - on top of being a BAWT Board Member - has gone on...

BAWT’s Commitment to Anti-Racism

BAWT Family,  We dedicate this month’s newsletter to healthy and strong Black lives and futures. Juneteenth, Freedom Day, is June 19th. America has come a long way since the Emancipation Proclamation and has so much further to go. We are committed to doing the...

Earth Day 2020

Happy Earth Day, everyone! There's no better time than now to celebrate and appreciate all that the natural world has to offer. Take a moment (or a few!) today to get some fresh air and give thanks to Mother Earth for providing us with so much joy, knowledge, and...

COVID-19 Park Closure Updates

  Please read below for updated information regarding Bay Area park closures. *Updated as of April 2nd, 2020* California State Parks: To date, State Parks has proactively taken the following steps in response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic: Closures ALL...

March 16th COVID-19 Update

Dear BAWT Community,  Community and health are always top of mind at Bay Area Wilderness Training. As we navigate these unprecedented times we’ve implemented additional precautions and we appreciate your understanding of the following temporary changes.  As of today...

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

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