Equitable access to the outdoors matters.


People visiting the outdoors should represent diversity of races, gender, income backgrounds, and all other identities and stories that exist in the Bay Area. To increase equity and access in the outdoors, we use your gift to support teachers and leaders that serve low-income youth and youth of color. Explore the ways your gift make an impact…

outdoor training

Our outdoor trainings have exponential reach – each teacher who enrolls in a course takes an average of 25+ youth outdoors.  

$30 covers a course fee for a teacher

trip mini-grants

Overnight youth trips usually have additional costs such as food, transportation, and outdoor permits.

$250 covers extra costs for an overnight youth trip

Free & low-cost gear loans

Teachers and leaders use our Gear Libraries to equip youth with gear needed for their outdoor trips.

$1800 covers the cost of new camping gear for 25 youth

monthly giving

Monthly supporters are essential to keeping up with the pace of replacing new gear, training new leaders and getting more youth outside. Become a part of the BAWT story year-long by starting your monthly gift.

adventure for kids

Thinking about climbing Half Dome or running a marathon soon? Got a birthday coming up? Consider using your adventure to raise money and ask friends and family to get you to your finish line through donations for BAWT programming!

Corporate partnership

Do you work for a company that wants to get involved with BAWT? We would love to explore a partnership that includes employee engagement, fun events, volunteering, and great PR for your company all while helping to create more opportunities for Bay Area youth to experience the outdoors. Reach out to us at info@bawt.org to see how we can partner.

Donate gear

Have some gently-used outdoor gear sitting in your closet? Contact us at info@bawt.org to coordinate a drop-off of your donation! Please start by filling out this Gear Donation Form with information on the items you wish to give. 

Other ways to give

Shop Sports Basement

With Sports Basement’s Basementeer program, you receive 10% off every item, every day – and 10% of their profits from those sales are donated to Bay Area Wilderness Training!

The program is free for you through this exclusive link, or can be done in-store for a one-time $25 fee.


Planned Giving & Other

Donate a car, plan a bequest, transfer stock, and more. Email info@bawt.org

Matching Gifts

Many companies offer matching gift programs that will double, or even triple a donation’s value. Check with your company to find out if they will match your contribution to BAWT. If you have questions about your company’s matching gift program, please contact your HR office or call us at 510-452-2298 x 304

 Email info@bawt.org

Stock Donation

Transfer stock to BAWT


In-Kind Donations

We happily accept in-kind donations. If you’d like to donate your time or skills, or your company’s services, please contact us below.

  • Storage space
  • Printing services
  • Catering
  • Sewing / laundry / repair

Email info@bawt.org

Thank you to our generous gear library supporters

We could not reach the youth we serve without your generous support.
Thank you to our individual donors, corporate supporters, and foundation suppport.

 Bay Area Wilderness Training is a fiscally sponsored project of Earth Island Institute.

Featured youth story


“I learned that I really like nature. I changed because I became more responsible. Here, there’s a bunch of good energy, because there’s nothing bad going on, there’s no gunshots – nothing but good old Nature.”