Support Us – increase diversity in the outdoors!
The youth we serve:
85% youth of color
74% of youth from low-income households
Equitable access to the outdoors matters
Donate to give powerful, life changing outdoor experiences for underserved youth.
Without the low cost training and free equipment loans, most of the groups we serve could not take youth outdoors. Many of these youth served have never been camping.
We believe that people visiting the outdoors should be represented by the full diversity of races, genders, income levels, and other identities that exist in the San Francisco Bay Area. To create more equity and increase access to the outdoors for traditionally underrepresented communities, we prioritize services for low income youth and youth of color. We work to ensure that our programs, organizational practices, and partnerships are inclusive and support these ideals and priorities.
train a teacher
Our low-cost training has exponential reach – each teacher trained takes an average of 25+ youth outdoors.
Our trainings cost $30-$300
Provide Free & low-cost gear loans
The trips we support wouldn’t be possible without the gear loans we provide.
A 2-night trip for 25 youth has an average gear cost of over $1,800
get youth outdoors
Many of the youth we help serve have never spent a night outdoors.
$72 helps get one youth outside for a life changing experience
Make a bigger impact
Help sustain us throughout the year while making a huge impact on the lives of youth from many cultural and economic backgrounds. Monthly supporters are essential to keeping up with the pace of replacing new gear, training new leaders and getting more youth outside. Being able to count on your regular contributions ensures that we can be as impactful as possible.
Become a Corporate Sponsor
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 you company all while helping creating more opportunities for Bay Area youth to experience the outdoors.
Other ways to give
Plan a grand outdoor adventure and raise critical funding to help Bay Area youth get outside.
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.
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
Transfer stock to BAWT
Planned giving & other
Donate a car, plan a bequest, transfer stock, and more. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
In Kind Donations
We happily accept in kind donations. If you’d like to donate your time or skills, or your company services, please contact us below.
- Storage space
- Printing services
- Sewing / laundry / repair
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.”
6TH GRADER, ASCEND MIDDLE SCHOOL