Summer WREN Wallowa Resources Exploration of Nature Backpacking


Every summer we offer teen summer week-long backpacking trips into the Eagle Cap and Hells Canyon Wilderness. Teens participate in field ecology research for the US Forest Service. Our courses teach:

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

Registration for the 2015 season will open in March.  Applications are accepted on a first-come, first served basis and selected based on application quality. If you have questions about registration or would like to learn more, please contact us.

More Detail About Our Trips

 A weeklong course designed for teens (13-16) 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
    • navigatin with a map and compass
    • staying safe in the backcountry

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 and their role in a wild setting. Parents have commented that their teens return from our trips more confident in themselves.

Our summer backpacking trips

  • 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

Each trip is limited to 9 students. Tuition $250 includes instruction, food, transportation, and backpacking gear if needed.

Scholarships available to Wallowa County students.

Check out the events calendar for trip dates. For more information, please contact us.

Check back in March 2015 for trip dates and registration forms.

Upcoming Events

Wed Jan 28 @10:00AM - 03:00PM
W-W Forest Collaborative
Wed Feb 25 @10:00AM - 03:00PM
W-W Forest Collaborative