Unplug, Get Outside, Connect

Backcountry Basics: Intro to Backpacking

Who: Ages 13-17
What: Backpacking treks across Sonoma County backcountry
When: June-July
Why: Build backpacking skills, make new friends, connect with nature
Cost: $400, includes transportation, meals, equipment, and instruction 
Scholarships: Full and partial available based on need 

Unplug, get outside, and connect with nature and each other! Join our experienced field specialists for a hiking adventure through the Sonoma County backcountry. Learn all about trip planning, including compass and map reading. Study the basics of water filtration and safety practices on the trail. Meet new people. Gain confidence in yourself and test your limits in a safe and supported environment.  And camp out under the stars! 

Never backpacked before? You are welcome no matter what your skill level! We won’t  be covering huge distances each day. And we have gear to lend for anyone who needs it. 

Staff Safety Training

Our experienced and engaging field specialists are trained in CPR and swift water rescue. And they have years of experience working with youth in outdoor settings. Staff to camper ratio is generally one staff to 10 campers. Skilled and trained volunteers assist throughout the day, making the adult to camper ratio closer to 1 adult to 5 campers. All staff and volunteers have been fingerprinted.

Scholarships 

Thank you for your interest in the Russian River Teen Trek! LandPaths stands by the goal of offering confidence-building, nature-based trek experiences to all teens All families are asked to contribute $50 to hold a space for your child. We offer full and half scholarships based on need and available spots. Transportation is not guaranteed, but your needs will be considered. 

Questions? 

Contact Jessica Holloway, Senior Education Field Specialist at jessica@landpaths.org or (707) 544-7284 ext. 104.

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