Trails for everyone, forever

Home Our Work Connecting the Next Generation Outdoor Leadership Training Outdoor Leadership Training Success Stories

Outdoor Leadership Training Success Stories

Read how WTA's work has touched the lives of people across the state.

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More