Join Us For A Summer Adventure Like No Other

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Every summer we offer a week-long backpacking trip into either the Eagle Cap or Hells Canyon Wilderness for teens. Teens participate in field ecology research for the US Forest Service. Our trip teaches:

  • field research methods
  • leadership & teamwork skills
  • Wallowa County natural & cultural history
  • wilderness travel & survival skills

More Detail About Our Trips

hiking on the trail

Our trips are a weeklong course designed for teens (incoming 8th-10th graders) who want to become familiar with the ecology of the Eagle Cap and Hells Canyon Wilderness while learning how to backpack.Teens learn:

  • field research methods
  • minimum impact camping skills
  • wilderness values and its history
  • backpacking skills, including
    • how to use a camp stove and cook in a wilderness setting
    • setting up a tent
    • packing a backpack
    • navigating with a map and compass
    • staying safe in the backcountry

Our Trips Build Confidence in Teens

Our summer backpacking trips guide teens in discovering their place in the wilderness and in social and biological systems. Teens work together, whether it's cooking for the group or helping a friend get up a steep climb. Teens reflect each day through journaling. Around the campfire, we discuss leadership, their role in a wild setting, and analyze wilderness ethic and thought. Teens leave our trips more confident in themselves. Parents confirm that their teens return from our trips more confident in themselves.

Our summer backpacking trips will

  • Develop leadership and teamwork skills, like communication, trust, and respect
  • Build confidence
  • Increase understanding of wilderness and wilderness values
  • Teach backpacking skills
  • Have teens perform research in a wilderness setting for the USFS

Trip Schedule & Fees

July 26- August 1
Tuition: $250 includes instruction, food, transportation, and gear. Scholarships are available for Wallowa County students.

Backpacking Brochure

Pre-registration and full payment are required a minimum of 15 business days before the trip. Students must be incoming 8th to 10th graders. Limited to nine students.Applications are accepted first-come, first-serve basis and selected based on application quality. Paper Registration forms.

Conditions of Enrollment

Online Registration

WREN Backpacking

Join us this summer on our annual backpacking trip into the Eagle Cap Wilderness. Learn how to backpack, meet new friends, challenge yourself, collect solitude data and much more. Click here to learn more.

To register, you must complete the application which includes basic contact information, letter of interest and a letter of recommendation from your teacher (complete registration form), be an incoming 8-10th grader, and have a love of adventure. Applicants are selected on quality of application and first-come, first-serve. Limited to 9. Cost is $250.

You can temporarily secure your spot by registering online but your spot will be pending until the letter of interest and teacher recommendation are received.

Note: Upon submitting your registration you will be re-directed to PAY-PAL to finalize your registration and payment.
*If you do not have a credit card available, please contact us at 541.426.8053 so we can set-up another method of payment.

Event Properties

Event Date: 07-26-2015 8:30 am
Event End Date: 08-01-2015 4:00 am
Capacity 9
Registered 7
Available place 2
Individual Price $250.00
Speaker Amy Busch & Brent Wydrinski
Location Wallowa Resources
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Questions? Contact Amy Busch.