Join Us For A Summer Adventure Like No Other


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, 2015
Tuition: $250 includes instruction, food, transportation, and gear. Scholarships are available for Wallowa County students.

Backpacking 2015 Brochure

Summer 2016 trip dates will be available January 2016.

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 2015 forms.

Conditions of Enrollment

Questions? Contact Amy Busch.