Green Nature

Our Programs

Wilderness Kids envisions at least three ways of spending time with teenagers in beautiful natural areas - through after-school programs; on weekend outings; and through a summertime "peak experience."

After School

Wilderness Kids partners with Alexandria City Public Schools to offer two 60 minute after-school programs for middle-school students at Francis Hammond Middle School each week. Always flexible, we altered our plans to visit local parks with students to accommodate ACPS travel restrictions due to Covid related issues. We work with students from Hammond's International Academy and LINK Club on a field that borders the woods, just a short walk from the school. 

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Weekend Outings

Saturdays provide a great opportunity to take students farther afield--perhaps paddling on the Potomac or Occoquan rivers, rock-climbing at Great Falls, or hiking on the Billy Goat Trail or through Prince William Forest. Partners who are interested in working with our educators to plan a one-time or regularly scheduled outing should reach out to us.

Check out our 2022 Weekend Outing Schedule.

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Summertime Peak experiences

The summertime offers the possibility of creating true "peak experiences"--those couple-in-a-lifetime events that each of can cite as a truly lifechanging experience. Wilderness Kids aims to create just such an experience over the course of  two or three weeks each summer as we travel with our students to places such as Grayson Highlands, the Blue Ridge Mountains, and Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Eventually, we have our sights set to build outings that give our students the opportunity to explore Yellowstone and the Tetons in the Mountain West, the White Mountains of New Hampshire, the deserts of the Southwest, and more.

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