The Wilderness Institute, Inc., a California 501 (c) 3 non-profit corporation, provides outdoor recreation programs and experiential events; featuring eco-tourism, outdoor education, training seminars, wilderness courses and outings for the public and special groups, and mobile rock climbing wall events.
Established in 1984, The Wilderness Institute continues to promote an awareness and appreciation of our natural environment, an understanding of outdoor use and safety, and increased outdoor recreational and educational opportunities for the public. As an outdoor school, we provide students instruction in outdoor skills, natural and cultural history, and team-building initiatives through field outings, school camping, and the Wilderness Challenge program.
Our mission is "to provide holistic adventure-based training and wilderness experiences that foster community building, promote interdependence, enhance self-efficacy, increase environmental sustainability, and inspire others to protect the Earth while improving our quality of life."
Areas of Service and Expertise
We offer outdoor education and adventure retreats for schools and youth groups, adult groups and business teams, and special populations (including people with disabilities, veterans, and youth-at-risk).
Our team-building and leadership development programs bring your organization into the wild to bond, develop new skills, and empower positive change. Our Challenge Ropes Course activities, Eco-Challenge program, and Eco-Volunteering projects make a difference in your organization's effectiveness and enhanced community connections while promoting sustainable business practices.
Our school programs introduce your students to natural science and outdoor skills through hands-on activities which are both stimulating and challenging. Our staff of professional naturalists and specialists can enrich your current studies through hands-on learning in a variety of subjects!
Our therapeutic programs for veterans include the Veterans Challenge, Vet-to-Vet Connect Mentoring, Vet Cadre Training, and Family That Plays together. A major focus is serving military Veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts and their families. This includes vets who may be part of the veterans administration system, as well as those attending college, and living back at home or on their own. Our holistic experiential learning process integrates the body, mind, and spirit with emphasis on transferring the benefits back into your personal and professional life.
Wilderness Wheelers: These outings for wheel chair users include a series of special events put on by The Wilderness Institute for the general public and disabled community as part of our outreach program for people with physical disabilities, veterans, their families, and volunteers. We integrate activities that promote interdependence, build new friendships, and enhance self-awareness, among other benefits.
Types of Experiences and Trips Provided
Through a series of adventurous outdoor activities, like ropes courses, rock climbing and orienteering, your group will learn valuable leadership and teamwork skills that will empower your organization to achieve higher levels of success!
In addition, we offer eco-tours, adventure seminars, hiking, pioneer living, wilderness survival, and rock climbing for individuals and special groups. Eco-Volunteering opportunities are also available.
Water sports like whitewater rafting, canoeing and kayaking can be combined with our land-based activities to create customized multi-sport outdoor learning adventures.
Our winter programs round out our seasonal activities by including such mountain snow sports as snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and winter camping.
Bring the adventure to your site with our mobile rock climbing wall! It will be the hit of your next corporate event, festival, or fair. (Also available for summer camp and school programs!)
AdventurePro services include challenge ropes course, zip line, and climbing wall installations, gear sales, and instructor training seminars. Contact us to receive a customized proposal for your school, camp, conference center or organization.
"Participation in Wilderness Institute programs is a way of gaining greater appreciation for the outdoors and respect for the environment, learning to appreciate your community and enhancing teamwork, while learning more about your own capabilities. Learning in nature offers an atmosphere of fun, support, and growth. Participants experience a holistic approach to learning which encompasses the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual components of self-discovery.", Brad Childs, President
Visit our outdoor adventure portal to the high Sierras website to plan your next outing at www.WildernessInstitute.com and join us to "Experience the Adventure!"
We promote environmental education, sustainability and stewardship of the land.
ADA Accessibility Notes
We have provided special events for people with disabilities over the years including Aquatics Day, Canoeing; Kayaking, Sailing; White Water Rafting", "Rock Climbing (for the Blind); Adventure Ropes Courses; Beach and Tidepool Discoveries; Yosemite Horseback Trip and Evening with the Owls.
Pet Friendly Notes
We love pets, but unfortunately, they are not appropriate to bring on our adventures. Approved service and therapeutic dogs are always welcome!