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:
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.
Come to a Volunteer Night
Learn more at a Discovery Session
Support our work
Photo courtesy of the Redford Center. Click here for the full article. OAKLAND (BCN) "Every middle school student in Oakland will soon have the chance to get out into the woods as part of a three-year program designed to teach kids about the natural environment,...
OGO Press ReleaseDownload Oakland Goes Outdoors Press Release, May 10 2019: Oakland Unified School District to announce new outdoor experiential learning initiative at Children & Nature Network International Conference. See press release here.
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...
Bay Area Wilderness Training Happy Camper Hour 2019 Thursday, April 4 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM Clif Bar Headquarters 1451 66th Street Emeryville, CA 94608 Tickets: $35
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
“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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