Weekend
Outings

Every two or three weeks, Wilderness Kids Alexandria students get outside on a Saturday or Sunday for an extended adventure. Check out our 2022 Weekend Schedule to the right. We are adding new dates all the time!

If you are a parent, please take a moment to sign your child up for a weekend adventure by emailing jerry@wildernesskidsalexandrdia.org with the subject line "Student Sign Up for Weekend."

If you would like to volunteer on a weekend trip, please send an email to jerry@wildernesskidsalexandria.org with the subject line "Weekend volunteer."  Note that we especially appreciate volunteers who with a car and a valid driver's license who are willing and able to drive our students to/from the outing site.

Sunday, January 30
Prince William Forest

On Sunday, January 30, 12 WKA students visited the beautiful Prince William Forest. Despite chilly weather, our young people hiked the gorgeous Laurel Loop Trail and the South Branch Trail. The hike ended with some much appreciated hot chocolate and PBJ's!

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Saturday February 19
Rock Climbing at Movement Gym

On Saturday the 19th of February, we gathered for a short hike and a lunch picnic at Dora Kelley Nature Park before heading to Movement Climbing Gym (formerly Earth Treks) in Crystal City for the kids to rope up and climb! Check out the highlights of the day in this slideshow!

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Saturday March 19
Hiking at Mason Neck Wildlife Refuge

On Saturday March 19, Wilderness Kids set off to the extraordinary Mason Neck Wildlife Refuge, where we spied bald eagles, turtles, garter snakes and frogs! We finished off with a picnic at Pohick Bay Regional Park.

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Saturday, April 2
Turkey Run Park

On Saturday, April 2, our students set out with several of our wonderful volunteers to explore Turkey Run Park along the Potomac. The initial reason to explore this beautiful trail was that the bluebells are in full bloom in early April and are truly incomparable for their gorgeousness. However, the main attraction became the creeks we crossed and time spent skipping stones on the banks of the Potomac. We came home with a few wet shoes--but dry socks thanks to donations from our caring community! See more photos here.

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Saturday April 23
Climbing at Carderock

In February, we climbed indoors. In April, we ventured to actual rock-faces and grippy crags at Carderock where our students climbed to awesome heights! Thanks to the American Alpine Club, Potomac Appalachian Trail Club, and ¡Escala DC! for guiding our students and teaching the techniques for that next grip, that next foothold.

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Saturday May 21
Boating on the Potomac with CBF

On May 21, 19 of our students and several volunteers had an incredible field experience with Chesapeake Bay Foundation's Potomac River Environmental Education Program. Our students were out out on the mighty Potomac, tested its waters for oxygen, phosphates, nitrates, clarity and more, and pulled up a haul of fish, especially rich in white stripe. Oh yeah, and they also took the wheel for a little while!

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Monday June 13
Sailing with CRAB

We will venture out sailing on the Chesapeake at the very start of summer vacation! We are excited to partner with CRAB Sailing to explore the Bay with our students on a beautiful late spring day! Thanks to CRAB for their generous offer to share the sailing life with our WKA students!

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