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We get teenagers into...

hiking
   climbing
      paddling
         connecting
            exploring
               leading
                  serving


             We get teenagers into nature.

 

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Our Mission:

Wilderness Kids Alexandria provides life-enriching experiences in nature to teenagers from under-resourced families in Alexandria, Virginia.

Our Values

Seven values underlie and inform the work we do. Here them described in this video and see a sample of our work in action!

 

Nature is Home: We get students into nature as often as possible.

Equity in our Community: We build a community where each member has ownership and responsibility.

Curiosity: We ask questions and share ideas.

Quality: We cultivate new skills and attention to detail.

Mindfulness: We take time to be quiet and to slow down.

Gratitude: We express thanks and notice how doing so may change our perspective.

Creative Expression: We sketch, paint, make music, write poetry, and more.

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What We Do

AFter
School

Wilderness Kids Alexandria runs an after-school outdoor education program with seventh grade students at Francis Hammond Middle School and may be able to work with your group weekdays after school as well.

Weekends

We are planning Saturday outings to some of the DMV's most beautiful and iconic outdoor spaces - finding outdoor adventure on the Billy Goat Trail or Prince William Forest, paddling the Potomac or Occoquan, climbing at Great Falls. 

Summertime

In summer 2022, we plan to lead 15 to 20 middle school students on a two to three week expedition to explore some of America's most scenic places, a bit farther from home.

You can help.

If you or your organzation works with teenagers from under-resourced families (7th to 12th grade), please reach out to discuss a partnership.

If you'd like to volunteer on a hike or join our Board, please contact us.

And if you are able to support our work financially, please click on the donate button. We so appreciate it.

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Our Team

Wilderness Kids Alexandria was founded by Jerry Casagrande, a 21 year resident of Alexandria. We are assembling a team of educators, volunteers, and board members. Please consider joining us.

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Got questions? Want to join our efforts? Partner with us? Make a donation? Please reach out!

Email: jerry@wildernesskidsalexandria.org

Phone703.717.3603

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