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:
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...
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 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...
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...
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...
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...
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.
How we help you get youth outdoors
We strive to keep our course registration fees low and we never want a lack of financial resources to become a barrier for eager youth workers or teachers who want to bring outdoor experiences to their communities. With this scholarship program, we hope to increase access to our programs for teachers and youth workers from under-represented and marginalized communities.
Through the generosity of our supporters, BAWT offers Richard Louv Minigrants annually in the amount of $250 each. These funds help youth organizations and schools to cover the cost of venturing into the outdoors with the youth that they serve. We call this the Richard Louv Minigrant program to honor our good friend, author Richard Louv, whose book inspired Bay Area Wilderness Training founder to get started with our work.
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