Youth Leadership Adventures

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The priority application deadline was May 2, 2024. However, you can still add yourself to the waitlist!  Many students each year get placed on a trip from the waitlist, so if you are interested you should still apply.

Add yourself to the waitlist for 2024 YLA trips:

YLA 2024 Waitlist

Lista de espera YLA 2024

If you applied, you will hear back from us by May 10th whether you have a confirmed spot or you have been placed on the waitlist.

Program Details

Youth Leadership Adventures are for high school students who want to explore the outdoors, build a fun and inclusive community with peers, discover leadership strengths, and envision a hopeful and sustainable future.



Our 5 and 8 day backcountry trips connect 9th-12th grade students to the natural world while engaging in conversation about climate change and climate solutions.  In partnership with North Cascades National Park and Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, groups of participants canoe, backpack, camp and complete stewardship projects in the North Cascades. 

Trips are designed for students who have no prior outdoor experience; all gear, food, and transportation from Skagit and Whatcom counties are provided. No experience is necessary and scholarships are available!

2024 Program Dates

YLA 1: June 26 - 30 (5-day canoe and hiking trip)

YLA 2: June 30 - July 7 (8-day canoe trip)

YLA 3: July 7 - 14 (8-day canoe trip)

YLA 4: July 14 - 21 (8-day canoe trip)

YLA 5: July 21 - 25 (5-day canoe trip)

YLA 6: July 31 - August 4 (5-day backpack trip)

YLA 7: August 4 - 11 (8-day canoe & backpack trip)

YLA 8: August 11 - 18 (8-day backpack trip)

YLA 9: August 18 - 25 (8-day backpack trip)

Why participate?

  • Canoe and backpack in the North Cascades
  • Meet new people and have fun
  • Swim in beautiful lakes and stargaze at clear night skies

  • Learn about the plants, animals and people in the North Cascades ecosystem
  • Normalize conversations about climate change and environmental justice, building visions of a hopeful, just and sustainable future

  • Earn community service hours and enhance your resume and college application
  • Build community and leadership skills

Following the trip, alums have the opportunity to sign up for the Youth for the Environment and People (YEP!) fall after-school program, attend alum events, receive year-round mentorship, and engage in local stewardship opportunities