During the spring and fall, The Woods Project takes high school students and volunteer adult leaders on weekend trips in wilderness areas near Houston. On these trips, students apply the skills they learned in The Woods Project Club Program, like how to pitch a tent, communication, how to cook a meal on a backpacking stove, wilderness first aid, team-building, how to pack a backpacking backpack, leadership, and wildlife identification. Students help cook and clean up after meals, as well as sleep outside in tents and go the entire weekend without their cell phones, immersing themselves in the nature and people around them. Weekend trips prepare students for the flagship component of The Woods Project: the 2-week summer backpacking experience.
This fall, 244 students and 91 leaders participated in 7 weekend trips in 4 wilderness areas:
- Huntsville State Park
- Big Thicket Natural Preserve
- Brazos Bend State Park
- San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge
They did a variety of activities across the 7 trips including camping, fishing, canoeing/kayaking, backpacking, mountain-biking, hiking, team-building exercises, and doing a service project. Check out some photos from this fall’s weekend trips!