Salish Sea Expedition

Ages 14 to 18

Drop off & Pick up: Linne Doran: Duvall, WA

Includes T-shirt and Water Taxi

7/3/22 – 7/8/22

“My son said that he felt “whole” when he was at camp, spending time outdoors and making deep connections with staff and campers.”
– Christine W., mother of 15-year-old

“My son absolutely loves this camp!  Of all the ones he’s attended the past couple of summers, this is by far his favorite.  As a parent, I really appreciate the staff’s attentiveness to his particular interests and finding ways to encourage and expand them.”
-Donna, mother of Levi

“I loved this camp and it was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had. Thanks to all the Wilderness awareness staff and volunteers, I will definitely be returning next year!”
– Jessica C.

Our son had an amazing time. He’s usually fairly quiet but he talked all the way home from pick-up. He RAVED about the food, the friendships, and just the experience in general.”
– Jon and Denise

This camp is full for 2022. Click the registration button to join our waitlist as well do get occasional openings!

Adventure with a group of mature teens out to explore the Salish Sea. We will travel from Duvall, WA by van and ferry to our field location on a roadless island in the San Juan Islands. Teens will backpack all their food and gear into our remote coastal camp.

The Salish Sea Expedition gives teens the opportunity not just to learn to survive, but to thrive in a marine environment as a community. Participants experience the gifts that each person brings to the community and the gifts the natural world offers to us.

During the weeklong adventure, teens will:

  • Cook and prepare their own food
  • Learn coastal wild edibles, as appropriate for safe and sustainable harvest at the time (may include shellfish)
  • Travel light and learn low impact camping in wild places
  • Tan fish hides and work on coastal crafts
  • Learn ancient and modern coastal navigation techniques, including celestial bodies and compass
  • Explore tide pools and track coastal wildlife
  • Experience deep connection with the coast
  • Connect with new friends!

Our instructional team features:

  • A 1:7 staff-student ratio
  • On-site director and volunteers who offer additional instructor support
  • Staff trained as Coyote Mentors, a widely-respected educational philosophy developed at the Wilderness Awareness School
  • Compassionate educators who encourage each child’s respect for self, others and nature
  • Experienced Wilderness First Aid and CPR certified professionals

Important Notes

Living in the Wild

We will spend nights in the woods without tents, using small group tarp shelters or sleeping out under the stars. We will be carrying all our gear backpacking style for up to several miles. Campers must be mentally and physically prepared for this challenge.

Please note that students will either need to be fully vaccinated OR test negative for COVID-19 immediately prior to each overnight/expedition. At this time, we are not able to say whether masks will be required during the Summer of 2022. Please be prepared for masks to be required OR to be optional. We will follow State and County guidance as it is required. We strongly encourage all students who are eligible to get vaccinated. Our staff and volunteers fall under the Washington State COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate.

Video of 2022 Expedition by Emma Noroian

Wilderness Awareness School