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. 


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News: Frontcountry Leadership Training

Frontcountry Leadership Training (FLT) is an entry level course covers all the basic skills you will need to successfully take youth on car-camping based overnight trips. Skills covered include: camping safety, day-hiking, tent and stove-set up, clothing requirements,...

News: Camping at the Presidio Leadership Training

The Camping at the Presidio Leadership Training (CAPLT) is designed to give participants the skills and resources to plan and lead camping trips to the Presidio's Rob Hill Campground. The two-day and one-night training covers camping safety, day-hiking, tent and...

News: Gear Corps

Almost every Wednesday night BAWT keeps the Oakland Gear Library open until 8:30pm. During these hours youth workers can come to pick up and drop off gear with the assistance of trained volunteers. Additionally, volunteers help with everything from simple inventory...

News: Wilderness Leadership Training

The Wilderness Leadership Training (WLT) is a five day intensive entry-level backpacking course at the heart of BAWT’s programs. It is designed to give you the tools you need to lead youth on multi-day backpacking adventures. After completing the course, you will gain...

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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