Salish Sea Expedition

Ages 14 to 18

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

Includes T-shirt and Water Taxi

6/30 -7/5, 2024

“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

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:

  • Learn coastal wild edibles, as appropriate for safe and sustainable harvest at the time (may include fishing or shellfishing)
  • Build a raft from driftwood and create coastal crafts
  • Hike on remote island paths and beaches
  • Explore tide pools and track coastal wildlife
  • Watch the sunset over the San Juan Islands
  • Play games on the beach
  • Travel light and learn low-impact camping in wild places
  • Help cook and prepare their own food
  • Connect with new friends!

Wondering if this camp is right for your child? Click here to find out.

Our instructional team features:

  • A 1:6 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

This is a remote island with no regular ferry access. Campers will spend nights in tents at a campsite near the beach. The group may need to backpack 1-2 miles to the site. Campers must be mentally and physically prepared for camping in a remote setting.

Video of 2022 Expedition by Emma Noroian

Wilderness Awareness School