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Outdoor Leadership Training

Washington Trails Association’s Outdoor Leadership Training program gets school-age youth outside by empowering teachers and youth groups with the skills and resources they need to lead safe and fun outdoor experiences.

WTA focuses recruitment, resources and outreach on communities that have historically faced barriers to outdoor exploration. The priority audience is organizations serving youth who attend schools where 40 percent or more of the students qualify for free or reduced price lunch and/or schools that have a student body with at least 40 percent students of color.

How It Works:


  • Attend an Outdoor Leadership Training Workshop or schedule a specialized Custom Workshop for your staff
  • Attend a Gear Library Orientation
  • Borrow gear
  • Apply for Funding Assistance for trip costs
  • Go on an outdoor trip with your group




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Upcoming Workshops & Orientations

Take part in training to increase trip leading skills for youth workers and teachers.

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Funding Assistance

Apply for funding to help mitigate trips costs and support efforts to create outdoor experiences for youth.

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Gear Lending Library

Borrow the appropriate gear for safe and fun outdoor experiences, including boots, raincoats, tents or snowshoes.        

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OLT News & Stories

Read how WTA's work has touched the lives of people across the state.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to some of the most common questions about the program.