Our financial aid philosophy is take what you need and give what you can. We recognize that there are economic hardships, and we want to be accessible to all, so we ask that you pay whatever it is that you can.
The more you can pay, the more children we are able to extend aid to. Before you request financial aid we ask families to consider if there are family members or friends who might help provide a scholarship to your family for this program.
While nobody has ever been turned away for lack of funds, our ability to accommodate financial aid requests rests on the strength of our program enrollment and the generosity of the individuals, businesses and foundations that partner with Wild Earth to make financial aid possible.
We're in this together! Many of us are stretching ourselves to make sure that cost doesn't get in the way of anyone playing, exploring and learning in nature.
Requests for financial aid are processed alongside your registration. This enables you to reserve a space in the program while our team is reviewing aid requests. Register now and reserve your space in Ropes: 4-Day Backpacking Adventure for High School Teens today.
Grades 9-12 (Incoming Freshman are welcome)
August 31 – September 3, 2020
9am drop off – Vernooy Kill Falls, Trails End Rd, Kerhonkson, NY 12446
1pm pick up – Lane St, Shandaken, NY 12464
Join a crew of intrepid High School students and Wild Earth’s stellar instructors for a 3-night, 4-day trek through the Catskills.
When it comes to transformative outdoor experiences there is one type of trip that always sticks out: the long distance trek. There are many aspects to the experience that will shift how you feel and how you respond to the world around you. Through many miles of hiking, the quiet moments of observation and reflection, and the deep bonding that one experiences as part of a team, you can’t help but be transformed.
Our route will traverse 31.2 miles of Catskill trails, including the tallest peak in the Catskills (Slide Mountain), the greatest elevation gain for a single trail (2593’ at Peekamoose Mountain), and will bring us into wild forest and wilderness lands of the Catskill Forest Preserve (America’s first wilderness).
Aside from the physical and mental challenges we will face, we will also take time to learn about the ecological and cultural history of the areas we will pass through. No doubt this will be much more than a simple walk in the woods!
Every day, we will come together as a pack to review the routes, evaluate our resources (ie: water, food, firewood), plan for meals and set up camp. We will also look at the distance we need to travel to meet our target, the current conditions and discuss how we might need to adjust our plan to ensure the safety or comfort of the group.
Those who participate in this journey will learn what it takes to cover large distances, with nothing but a well-formed plan and what they can carry on their back. We look forward to sharing this journey with you and are excited to create lasting, memories with you, as you learn the skills that will prepare you for a life full of adventures.