Join Us For A Summer Adventure Like No Other

sunset at bear lake

Every summer we offer a week-long backpacking trip, called WREN Backpacking 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

studying the map

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 US Forest Service

Trip Schedule & Fees

2018 dates will be posted in February and registration opens early March. Trip usually occur around the last week of July.
Tuition: $300 includes instruction, food, transportation, and gear. Scholarships available.

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-served basis and selected based on application quality.

Conditions of Enrollment

Questions? Contact Amy Busch.