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Russian River Teen Trek

Who: Two sessions, ages 12 to 15 and 14 to 17
What: Day kayaking on the Russian River
When: June and July 2021
Why: Build kayak and water skills, make new friends, connect with nature
Cost: $420, includes transportation, snacks, equipment, and instruction, scholarships available based on need  

Unplug, get outside, and connect with nature and each other! Join us for an adventure on the Russian River. Learn how to safely paddle a kayak. Escape the heat of summer in the cool waters. Meet new people. Learn about your local watershed and river ecology. Cook and eat good food. The 2021 program has been modified to fit Sonoma County Health Department orders

2021 Program Dates and Times

Russian River Teen Trek South, Forestville to the Sea ($420, scholarships available)  

Ages: 12-15  

Times: TBD depending on miles traveled each day  

Two Sessions:   

Russian River Teen Trek North, Geyserville to Healdsburg ($420, scholarships available)  

Ages: 13-17 (Experience Required)  

Times: TBD depending on miles traveled each day  

One Session:   

Bilingual Online Scholarship Application for Teen Programs

What can you expect from a Teen River Trek?

  • 5 to 7 miles paddled daily, plus games, ecology study, storytelling, swimming, river play, yoga, etc.
  • Overnight camping for 2021 has been cancelled in the interest of Covid safety.
  • Training in water safety and paddling skills.
  • Experienced guides certified in wilderness first aid, CPR, and swift water rescue.
  • No prior experience necessary, though you should have a level of comfort with being in and around water.

Staff Safety Training

All of our experienced field specialists are trained and certified in Wilderness First Aid and CPR. Two experienced LandPaths staff are present with teen trekkers at all times, for a ratio of 1 staff to 7 campers (plus 1-3 adult volunteers). All staff and volunteers are vetted and fingerprinted before working with our teen trek programs. 


Thank you for your interest in the Russian River Trek! All families are asked to contribute $50 to hold a space for your teen. We offer full and half scholarships based on need and available spots. Transportation is not guaranteed, but your needs will be considered. Apply for a scholarship online or scroll down to download a paper application.

*Please note that filling out this scholarship application is the first step in the process. It does not actually guarantee a scholarship.


Contact Dani Elins, Seasonal Camps Specialist for Teen Programs at

or contact Jessica Holloway, Senior Field Specialist at or (707) 544-7284 ext. 104.


" I've never kayaked before and I am definitely going to do it again! "

Sierra, Russian River Teen Trek participant

" You’re going on this trek together. You’re feeling and getting to know the water. It changes your perception of the river because you’re part of it. "

Dani Elins, LandPaths volunteer and river camp specialist


Register for Russian River Teen Trek

Thanks for your interest! Registration opens on Thursday, April 8, 2021


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