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Russian River Teen Trek

Who: Two sessions, ages 12-15 and 14 – 17
What: Day kayaking on the Russian River
When: July
Why: Build kayak and water skills, make new friends, connect with nature
Cost: $400, includes transportation, meals, equipment, and instruction 
Scholarships: Full and partial available based on need 

Read LandPaths’ 2020 Summer Camps New Policies and Procedures due to COVID-19

Campamentos de Verano LandPaths 2020 Nuevas políticas y procedimientos debido a COVID-19

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. This year’s program has been modified to fit Sonoma County Health orders. We are offering day treks instead of overnight experiences.

2020 Sessions

Session 1: June 29 – July 2

Click here to register: Russian River Teen Trek South Wohler Bridge to the Sea – A daily trek down the Russian River

Cost: $400 with scholarships still available. Scroll down for scholarship application.

Session 2: July 20 – July 23

Click here to register: Russian River Teen Trek North : Geyserville to Healdsburg – A daily river trek for ages 14 to 17

*Previous Kayaking Experience Required

Cost: $400 with scholarships available. Scroll down for scholarship application

What can you expect from a Teen River Trek?

(Important Update: Due to Sonoma County Health Orders, in 2020 our Russian River Teen Treks have been modified to day programs. No overnight camping will happen this year)

  • 5 to 7 miles paddled daily, plus games, storytelling, swimming, river play, cooking, camping, yoga, etc.
  • Training in water safety and paddling skills.
  • Experienced guides certified in wilderness first aid, CPR, and swift water rescue.
  • Overnights at campgrounds, private farms, and ranches—all trusted LandPaths partners.
  • 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. Scroll down to find scholarship applications.

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


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 in 2020.


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