OBA’s core programs are centered on a wide range of in-school and after school programs, one-day, weekend and extended expeditions to natural areas, and workcareer opportunities for youth and young adults. Our programs are designed to connect not only urban youth, but also their families to wilderness and open spaces and to employment opportunities that go beyond their normal consideration.
We believe in “longitudinal engagement” – in keeping youth continually involved in our learning processes. To this end, OBA’s programs are designed to be progressive and provide multiple opportunities for youth to get into the out of doors and into different environments (desert, coastal, alpine and sub-alpine, local, etc.). With a typical OBA program, we may take youth on one day trips, followed by an overnight excursion, extending further to a three-day extended camping and ending with a five-day or longer trip to the Sierras and other locations. OBA program vary according to purpose (educational, stewardship, family camping, backpacking experiences, etc.), resources, location and occasionally – opportunity. Here’s what happens during an OBA program:
These excursions typically occur within a reasonably short distance from the pickup point and may touch upon a variety of environments, including local and regional parks, ocean and tide pools, island visits, mountains (sub alpine), desert, watershed environments and important educational venues within our local cities.
Weekend Extended Trips
We then take youth on weekend overnight outings up to four days to local environments where they will begin learning camping, outdoor work and more extensive environmental education.
Five to 10 Days
Once students complete one to four-day trips, they are ready for our extended trip, usually designed for Spring Break, summer and Christmas holidays allow youth to experience a particular ecosystem or environment more in depth. These excursions both present and past require backpacking and staying outdoors for the most part and include the Sierras, Grand Canyon, Catalina Island, Hawaii and Northern California.
Special opportunities arise periodically. Summer is the time to travel through multiple environments and different education experiences for multiples weeks, and sometimes up to 23 days. We anticipate this type of program will occur more frequently during future summer months as we continue to build our ties with federal land management agencies.
Teach Me to Camp (TMTC)
This family camping program introduces urban families who have never experienced the out-of-doors as a unit to the wilderness and the basics of camping. The initiatives for TMTC trips are designed to teach families to set goals and clarify values. Families are instructed in all of the basic of camping while learning about how they can get in the out of doors on their own. Currently OBA offers the following under TMTC: