Weekend Outings 2022-23
Every two or three weeks, Wilderness Kids Alexandria students get outside on a Saturday or Sunday for an extended adventure. Check out some of our great adventures from the first half of 2022 here.
If you are a parent, please take a moment to sign your child up for a weekend adventure by emailing Elizabeth@WildernessKidsAlexandrdia.org with the subject line "Student Sign Up for Weekend."
If you would like to volunteer on a weekend trip, send an email to Jerry@WildernessKidsAlexandria.org with the subject line "Weekend volunteer." Note that we especially appreciate volunteers with a car and a valid driver's license who are willing and able to drive our students to/from the outing site.
Below you'll find a tentative schedule for our Weekend/Holiday Outings in 2022-23. We hope you can join us!
Monday, September 26
Prince William Forest
On Monday, September 26, Wilderness Kids revisited the site of our first ever outing - the beautiful Prince William Forest. This time, however, our students were greeted not with snow and ice but with the lush colors of late September in Northern Virginia. Our students set out for a 5-mile hike, across three trails in the forest and even came across a Copperhead Snake! Some fun wildlife excitement for the day!
Sunday October 16
Rock Climbing at CArderock
On Sunday, the 16th of October we ventured to Carderock and with the help of friends from ¡Escala DC!, the American Alpine Club, and the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club, our students scaled the walls of that beautiful park and hiked along the Potomac. Read about how climbing isn't just about the climbing here; and check out what the Zebra Press had to say here.
Saturday October 29
"Almost Camp-out" with south Block
On Saturday October 29, our friends at South Block quenched our thirst with some yummy smoothies as we offered a chance for those who have never camped to check out what it is "almost" like. We set up tents and hammocks and a clothes line; we played corn hole and roasted hot dogs and smores; and we explored options for kids to join us again on weekends and this summer. Thanks to all for coming out!
Sunday November 6
On Sunday, November 6, we will venture hiking at the gorgeous Riverbend Park, just above Great Falls. We'll have beautiful views of the river and be catching some nice fall colors!
Saturday November 12
Hiking with SOHO at Billy Goat Trail
We are excited to return with the girls and women of Space of Her Own, a wonderful Alexandria mentoring organization, to the ups and downs of the scenic Billy Goat Trail on November 12!
Saturday November 19
Challenge/ropes course AT Gallaudet University
On November 19, we will venture to Gallaudet University in DC, where students and staff of the university will guide our students through a challenge and ropes course, with a focus on lessons in communication and team building.
Saturday december 3
The Billy Goat Trail
We know we just hiked the Billy Goat Trail a few weeks ago. But that was with the awesome girls and women of SOHO. This time, we will venture out with our own Wilderness Kids. Besides, is it ever possible to hike the Billy Goat too many times?
Sunday december 11
Night Hike and Campfire
What better way to say goodbye to fall and welcome in winter than to bundle up and enjoy a nighttime campfire. We hope you'll come join us for a hike by the light of the stars (or headlamps) and s'mores roasted over the fire!