Program Connects At-Risk Kids with Nature

Thomas Jones, 17, is an inner-city kid who, statistically, had a greater chance of dropping out of high school or getting shipped off to prison than he had of summiting a 13,000-foot peak in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. Yet despite the odds, Jones found himself climbing the Grand Teton peak this summer as […]

Official Selections for the 2016 SHIFT Awards

What do a Washington DC nonprofit, a hunting and angling organization and an outdoor adventure app have in common? They, and thirty other initiatives, are all official selections for The 2016 SHIFT Awards. The SHIFT Awards, which will be announced at The 2016 SHIFT Festival, October 13-15 in Jackson, WY, recognize individuals, initiatives, or organizations […]

GET OUT: Mountain Medicine

JACKSON HOLE, WY – As I sat there with tears in my eyes I couldn’t find anything to say to my teammates, people who were now my family. We had made it so far but I was ready to retrace every grueling step back down. I didn’t know how to look them in the eye […]

City Kids Learn Life Lessons

It’s your first time in Jackson. You step off the plane, gawking at your surroundings. Then what? “I looked up at the sky, I looked up at all the stars,” Martinae Irving said. “In D.C. what you think is a star is really just a plane.” Irving is just one of many children who are gob […]

City Kids Featured by the Outdoor Industry Association

Shouldering full packs as they hiked along in the Gros Ventre Wilderness, a group of high school students caught a glimpse of something moving in the distance. Taking a minute to look, they realized the commotion was a black bear chasing cows in a nearby field. Most Wyoming residents have never seen such a spectacle, […]

Watch City Kids on the Food Network!

Holiday: Impossible For the holidays, Chef Robert Irvine is heading west to Jackson Hole, Wyo. to visit the City Kids Wilderness Project, a camp in the heart of the Grand Teton Mountains that welcomes at-risk teens from the inner city of Washington, D.C. Robert’s giving back by redoing three of their spaces in just three […]

City Kids Featured in JH Style Magazine – 2015

Spotlight on Nonprofits Every summer, kids from Washington D.C.’s most vulnerable communities come out to Jackson for an experiential program that teaches them valuable skills and provides inspiration and encouragement to follow their dreams. Students join the program in sixth grade and participate in school year programs in D.C. as well as Jackson-based summer programs. […]

City Kids Featured in Jackson Hole News & Guide – 2015

City Kids Know No Bounds Over the last three weeks a large group has spent time in Jackson Hole kayaking, whitewater rafting, backpacking, camping and even climbing the Grand. The group has accomplished more in 21 or so days than most 90-day wonders ever dream of. But these aren’t your typical outdoorsmen or “dirtbags.”  The […]

City Kids Featured in Washingtonian – 2015

City Kids Wilderness Project Turns 20, Looks Forward to Its Next Decade Landing at the airport in Jackson Hole in 1996 was a breathless experience: I was immediately transformed by the cool, crisp mountain air and clear sky that was devoid of Washington, DC’s congestion, honking horns, and tall buildings. I was in Jackson scouting […]

City Kids Wilderness Project Annual Report 2014

For nearly 20 years, City Kids has provided extraordinary opportunities for our youth, and in 2014, we worked to strengthen our foundation to ensure that City Kids will be able to offer stability and support to our youth and families for many more years to come. In the past year, City Kids launched a new […]

City Kids featured on the NOLS Blog – 2014

City Kids and the Wilderness Risk Management Conference The Wilderness Risk Management Conference (WRMC) unites hundreds of the nation’s leading outdoor organizations, schools, and businesses annually in an effort to “offer an outstanding educational experience to help mitigate the risks inherent in exploring, working, teaching, and recreating in wild places.” WRMC attendees absorb and learn […]

City Kids Wilderness Project Annual Report 2013

In the past three years, City Kids has undergone a significant transformation in order to increase our impact and provide more comprehensive services for our youth. City Kids enrolls new youth in the 6th grade and supports them for 6+ years through our unique continuum of programming. Youth graduate from the program with a vision […]

City Kids Wilderness Project Annual Report 2012

In 2012, City Kids Wilderness Project reached some key milestones on an exciting path of growth. We served a record number of youth and provided more innovative programming, new opportunities, and unprecedented support to under-resourced youth than ever before. We are thrilled to report that a group of our high school students reached the 13,776 […]

City Kids Featured as WAMU’s July 2012 Community Minute

Community Minute: Using the Natural World to Teach Life Skills City Kids Wilderness Project works to provide educational enrichment activities and outdoor adventure programming for underserved and at-risk inner-city youth from the D.C. area between the ages of 11 and 24. The program is focused on experiential learning, joining youth and staff in a cooperative family […]

City Kids Wilderness Project Annual Report 2011

As we reflect on 2011, we are so thankful for our dedicated staff, motivated young people, passionate board members, and generous donors. City Kids Wilderness Project is truly a community effort and your involvement enables us to provide life changing opportunities for the youth that we serve.

City Kids Featured in the December 2011 Washingtonian

For a teenager who’s never left the District’s inner city, kayaking the Snake River might seem like something that happens only in the movies. But for 100 at-risk youth in the City Kids Wilderness Project, it’s just part of summer camp. Groups—made up of young people from age 11 to their early twenties—spend up to […]