City Kids Wilderness Project is a non-profit organization founded on the belief that providing enriching life experiences for DC children can enhance their lives, the lives of their families and the greater community.

Program Overview

City Kids Wilderness Project is a DC-based nonprofit that provides outdoor programming for 6th-12th grade students over a seven-year timeframe. City Kids uses city, natural, and wilderness settings in DC and Jackson Hole, Wyoming (its home away from home) to achieve its mission to build resiliency, broaden horizons, and develop life skills for the 134 youth it serves. For over 25 years, City Kids has successfully served as a warm and safe place for the DC community, predominantly in Wards 5, 7, and 8 where the majority of City Kids participants live. 

During the school year, you’ll find the City Kids participants on the Billy Goat trail, biking the C&O Canal, sea kayaking in the rivers, swamps and oceans of South Carolina, and rock climbing as close as Sport Rock Indoor Climbing Gym and as far as Shenandoah. During the summer, youth travel to Jackson Hole to participate in summer camp at our ranch Broken Arrow. The summer is filled with camping, horseback riding, backcountry hiking in the Sawtooth and Grand Tetons mountain ranges, kayaking in Yellowstone National Park, and so much more.

In addition to awesome outdoor adventures, the program also provides career exploration and job training for high school youth, as well as community service opportunities and social justice workshops. 

Program Impact

Of the youth who completed City Kids in the last six years:

97% have graduated from high school (DC’s rate is 70%)

92% enrolled in college or other formal programs such as vocational training or the military directly after high school.

93% of youth report they are eager to do well in school and other activities, and

90% of participants report that they think about their purpose in life often,

94% of families said their children more often try again when experiencing failure as a result of City Kids programming.

In addition to awesome outdoor adventures, the program also provides career exploration and job training for high school youth, as well as community service opportunities and social justice workshops.