Tribute to our honoree will go to Bay Area Wilderness Training

Tribute to our honoree will go to Bay Area Wilderness Training

Teachers and youth workers on a five-day Wilderness Leadership Training Course. Photo courtesy of Bay Area Wilderness TrainingOur annual Nature’s Inspiration celebration on October 9 promises great food, good company, and the sparkling presence of Yosemite Park Ranger Shelton Johnson.

At this year’s Nature’s Inspiration we are presenting a $1,500 gift in tribute to Shelton. Our gift will be to Bay Area Wilderness Training for their Leadership Training program for outdoor educators. The youth BAWT serves are 85% youth of color and 72% come from low-income homes.

Would you like to make a gift to Bay Area Wilderness Training too? Total costs for BAWT’s week-long Leadership Program come in at $10,000 — meaning BAWT still needs to raise $8,500. The program will train at least ten new leaders, who in turn will connect thousands of children to the beautiful open spaces CGF works to protect.

HOW YOU CAN GIVE

  • Donate through our website, just note “BAWT” when you make your contribution in the notes section.
  • Mail a Check and note “BAWT” in the memo to Committee for Green Foothills (3921 E. Bayshore Road, Palo Alto CA 94303)

Any gift you make will be added to our $1,500 donation.

More about Bay Area Wilderness Training (BAWT)

BAWT creates opportunities for underserved San Francisco Bay Area youth to experience wilderness firsthand and have powerful environmental education experiences. BAWT provides low-cost training to teachers and youth workers to lead wilderness-based activities, provides free outdoor equipment loans to classrooms and community organizations, gives financial support, and fosters community collaboration among outdoor educators. BAWT is committed to ensuring that diversity, equity, and inclusion exists in outdoor spaces for young people.

Committee for Green Foothills is proud to support BAWT’s Wilderness Leadership Training – This comprehensive 5-day leadership course teaches equipment use, first‐aid, camping ethics, group management, team building, risk‐management, meals and nutrition, backcountry navigation and more. Participants learn from experts in outdoor trip facilitation who are also experienced youth leaders. The training will take place in the spectacular wilderness setting of California’s Yosemite National Park. In the early summer months of 2017, BAWT will lead up to 10 teachers and youth workers from diverse communities of the Bay Area on this immersive wilderness training experience. Throughout the 5-day course, participants will discuss the importance of diversity in the outdoor space, the history of the National Park system, and what the important 100th anniversary celebration means for future generations of park goers, especially youth of color. There will be several speakers from Yosemite National Park Service who will join us, including Park Ranger Shelton Johnson.

The youth BAWT serves are 85% youth of color and 72% come from low-income homes. Almost all of them will be camping for the first time. This effort will help foster the next generation of environmental leaders to fall in love with the national park system and champion the national parks for its next 100 years.

If you want to support BAWT, honor Shelton Johnson, and help create a new generation of environmentalists, you can MAKE YOUR DONATION HERE**.

**Please note “BAWT” when you have made your gift or email [email protected] to let us know to direct your gift to BAWT.

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