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with Wilderness Kids

We appreciate your willingness to help us in our mission to get young people from under-resourced families in Alexandria out into nature. If you have a special skill you'd like to share during our after-school program or if you would like to join us on a weekend outing, please reach out to with the subject line "Volunteer." Read more below about specific opportunities.

After-School Program

Wilderness Kids runs an after-school program every Wednesday and Friday at Francis Hammond Middle School on Seminary Road in Alexandria. We are especially interested in finding insured licensed drivers who might help transport our students from Francis Hammond to the nearby Dora Kelley Nature Park, spend about 90 minutes with our teachers and students in the park, and then transport students to their nearby homes from there. We ask a commitment of 1 day per week (Wednesday or Friday), from about 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and ask that you commit for 6 weeks at a time. If that is interesting to you, please reach out to Jerry at Thank you!



One or two times per month, Wilderness Kids students go on an extended outing on a Saturday or Sunday. Outings may be a hike, a paddle, a climb, or even a sail. We most often rely on volunteers to help transport students (so we seek primarily volunteers with a car and a valid driver's license) and we invite and encourage you to stay and join in the outing itself. Here is our schedule through December 2022. If you'd like to join us as a volunteer, please just email Jerry at

Sunday October 16: Hiking and climbing at Carderock. No climbing experience required. Hours about 8 a.m. to 2:30.

Saturday October 29: "Almost Campout." Location TBD. Hours likely 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.


Sunday, November 6: Hiking at River Bend Park. Hours approximately 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Saturday November 12: Billy Goat Trail with SOHO. Hours approximately 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Transportation provided.

Sunday November 19: Activity and location still TBD.

Saturday December 3: Hiking on the Billy Goat Trail with our own Wilderness Kids. Hours approximately 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Sunday December 11: Night hike and campfire at Hidden Oaks Park. Hours approximately 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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