Youth Leadership Adventures

Check back here in January 2021 for information on how to apply for our 2021 program!

2020 Youth Leadership Adventures Podcast

check out our NEW PODCAST featuring the voices of our 2020 participants on climate change!

Since Youth Leadership Adventures stayed in local communities this summer, we had the opportunity to do something a little bit different- we made a podcast about climate change! We wanted to listen to the thoughts that young people have on this big problem- one that is already here and is yet to be solved. This podcast gave our 2020 YLA participants an opportunity to take a deep breath and reflect on their feelings surrounding climate change, a challenge that in many ways defines this generation of youth.
Podcasting is a new endeavor for us and thanks to our participants, we think it turned out pretty great! Take a listen and when you're done, please explore the follow up links below to get engaged.
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Youth Leadership adventures Information

Youth Leadership Adventures Backcountry trips are for motivated high school students seeking a fun and challenging summer adventure in the North Cascades!

Our 8 and 12-day long backpacking and/or canoe camping field courses connect 9th-12th grade students to the natural world while giving them the knowledge and skills to understand how climate change is affecting the North Cascades. In partnership with North Cascades National Park and Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, high school aged participants canoe, backpack, camp and complete stewardship projects in the North Cascades while receiving hands-on training in outdoor leadership, field science, communication skills and public speaking. No experience is necessary and scholarships are widely available!

Following the course, alumni have the opportunity to sign up for the Youth for the Environment and People (YEP!) program with RE Sources, attend the Environmental Leaders Summit in Seattle, receive year-round mentorship and engage in local stewardship opportunities. 

Courses are designed for students who have no prior outdoor experience; all gear, food, and transportation from Skagit and Whatcom counties is provided.

Why participate?

  • Canoe and backpack in the North Cascades
  • Learn about ecology, geology, cultural history and climate science
  • Meet new people
  • Develop leadership and communication skills
  • Enhance your resume and college application
  • Practice public speaking through a culminating presentation
  • Earn 15-20 community service hours by completing a stewardship project
  • Have a great adventure!