Outdoor Leadership Training Success Stories
Read how WTA's work has touched the lives of people across the state.
Gear Library Helps Young Women Discover the Outdoors
Mar 16, 2017
Every time they go exploring, Young Women Empowered makes use of WTA's gear library to stay safe and comfortable. On a recent trip, many of their youth and mentors were able to experience the North Cascades for the first time.
Snowshoeing, Backpacking Workshops New to Outdoor Training Program in 2016
Feb 02, 2016
The WTA Outdoor Leadership Training program has expanded its offerings in 2016 to include backpacking and snowshoe workshops.
Outdoors Empowered Network Champions Equitable Access
Nov 18, 2015
The Outdoors Empowered Network is a growing a collective of organizations getting as many kids outdoors as possible. In November, WTA traveled to OEN's second national summit.
Getting First-Timers Into the Wild (and a Chili Recipe)
Sep 01, 2015
WTA's Gear Library helps get first-timers gain access to gear and know-how to experience the outdoors.
Spending a Day with Inspirational Educators on a Hiking Workshop
May 15, 2015
The Outdoor Leadership Training program offers hiking and camping workshops for youth group leaders. On a hiking workshop at Tiger Mountain, participants with a variety of backgrounds came together to share experiences and learn how to safely plan and lead outdoor activities with youth groups.
Lead an Outdoor Trip with Your Youth Group in 2015
Dec 03, 2014
Do you dream about taking your class or youth group on a hiking or camping trip? Make it happen this year! WTA will lend you free outdoor gear and provide trip funding. Get started by signing up for one of the 2015 Outdoor Leadership Training workshops.
WTA Joins the Outdoors Empowered Network
Nov 20, 2014
In early November, WTA Youth Program staff headed to Oakland and San Francisco for the inaugural National Summit of the new Outdoors Empowered Network, which is helping to support established organizations sharing the Outdoor Leadership Training model and seed similar new programs across the country.
Borrow Free Gear to Take Youth Groups Camping
Jun 03, 2014
Sign up for an overnight, entry-level course that covers the knowledge and skills to lead an overnight camping experience with a youth group. When you attend a workshop this summer, you’ll get access to high-quality camping and hiking gear through our free gear lending library. Workshop graduates can apply for $250 mini-grants to support outdoor youth experiences.
Slideshow: Bonding and Building Trails in a New Community
Mar 06, 2014
With help from WTA's gear lending library and mini-grants, a group of teens with the Coalition of Refugees from Burma gave back to Washington's trails and got to know each other better as they built a new section of trail on Cougar Mountain.