Youth Leadership Adventures

Youth Leadership Adventures offers an exciting summer opportunity for high school students to experience the Wild Nearby through backcountry courses in the North Cascades Wilderness. In a group with other teenagers, mentors and trip leaders, students paddle on clear mountain lakes, backpack through old growth forests, sleep under star-filled skies, develop outdoor leadership skills and complete restoration service projects. Students become empowered to join the next generation of conservation leaders while having the adventure of a lifetime!

During my trip in the North Cascades, I learned that I am a positive, dedicated and ambitious leader because of my outgoing personality and natural drive to do my best. Without this program, I wouldn’t be as confident as I am today about my ability to lead and my desired future. This program helped me figure out who I am in this world and what I can do to help make it a better place."

— JJ, Youth Leadership Adventures 2014 & 2015 participant

Watch the video to see JJ and other local students' "Best Summer Ever" experience, then visit to learn more and sign up!