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Summer WREN Wallowa Resources Exploration of Nature

 

Every summer we offer teen summer adventure courses that so far have been week-long backpacking trips into the Eagle Cap and Hells Canyon Wilderness. However, future courses could explore using pack animals in the wilderness, learning to camp in the outdoors, and more. In each course, kids 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 2014 season is open. We are currently accepting applications. 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.


Summer WREN Backpacking 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 $200 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.

2014 Trips

2014 Trip Dates: July 27 to August 2 THIS WEEK OF CAMP IS FULL. WE ARE TAKING APPLICATIONS FOR THE WAIT LIST.

2014 WREN Backpacking Brochure, click here.

2014 WREN Backpacking Registration Form, click here. Applications are accepted first-come, first-served and quality of application. Limit to 9 students.

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