Pillars of the Program

  • Cohort peer to peer learning
  • Camping and backpacking outdoor skill-building
  • Group facilitation experience
  • BAWTs methodologies- experiential learning!
  • Curriculum creation and trip planning experience


  • Stipend
  • Access to free BAWT courses- FLT, WLT, WFA & stipend for WFR!
  • Use of the gear library for one year after completion of training + annual refresher course for continued use of gear library


Youth Served in 2019


Youth trips in 2018


Leaders trained in 2018


Training courses in 2018

Our Instructors

Zotunde Morton

Zotunde Morton was born and raised in San Francisco, California.   He received an Associate Degree in Business Administration from Laney College, and after working in various public schools throughout the Bay Area, he co-founded Ujimaa Foundation.  He currently works as the Secretary and a Program Coordinator for Ujimaa Foundation. His interest of nature and human rights led to his involvement in community activism and outdoor education.  In 2012 and 2013 Zotunde completed the Triple Crown of Bay Area Wilderness Training courses by participating in the Frontcountry Leadership Training, Wilderness Leadership Training, and the Camping at the Presidio Training in one 12 month period.  Now, Zotunde is one of our top instructors with experience leading all of our courses.  Zotunde is a Wilderness First Aider.

Priscilla Parchia

Priscilla Parchia stands for equity, empowerment, and peace for herself and all others. She has worked in the education field since her first job at a summer camp @ age 14. She worked as an out-of-school time educator across the country. She is also an artist and musician. Currently, she supports expanded learning and summer programs across Oakland with the intention of closing the inequitable gaps for all students. She enjoys solitude and fellowship in nature, all the arts & crafts, roller skating, and traveling across the globe as much as financially possible!


Please fill out the Instructor Interest form and we will follow up with further details & instructions.

Covid Safety

  • All in-person sessions are unmasked
  • We adhere to clear COVID guidelines, which will be shared at the start of the season, as they shift with the needs of the community and the state of the pandemic.
  • Program staff & Instructors create a safe environment while adhering to public health guidelines

Other Courses

Hiking Leadership Training

1-day course for novice and experienced hikers provides leadership and facilitation skills for planning, organizing and leading fun and safe hikes with youth.

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Wilderness First Aid

WFA is a highly experiential 2-day class for everyone who wants to learn how to handle medical situations in the backcountry. You’ll gain the confidence and the skills to handle a first aid emergency.

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Leadership Training

Our FLT is an entry-level “car camping” course that covers all the basic skills and resources needed to take youth safely and successfully on overnight trips.

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