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Empowering Youth Through Outdoor Adventures

Aug 16th, 2022

Community Stories

A Trusted Partner for Wilderness Adventures

Tom and Catherine Holland might arguably have some of the coolest jobs in Jackson Hole. Running Wilderness Adventures, a local business celebrating 50 years of offering youth exception outdoor experiences, is a lot of work, but the vibrant couple make it look effortless and above all fun. We spent a morning in the great outdoors with Tom, Catherine and pile of teenagers from across the country to truly understand this impactful business, and to learn how it has grown over the years, while keeping true to its roots. Bank of Jackson Hole has been along for the journey with Wilderness Adventures.

Tell us a bit about Wilderness Adventures.

Since 1973, Wilderness Adventures (WA) has been a leader in experiential education for youth in the United States. Our programming is based on giving children and young adults unbelievable outdoors experiences in wilderness destinations around the globe. All of our programs are based on three distinct core values: community, leadership and the natural world. Simply, we are an intentional community where everyone is welcome. We seek to inspire the best leadership capabilities in all of our participants. And finally, we believe that the best setting for this sort of leadership education is in the world’s most amazing outdoor locations.

For most of our students, these experiences come by way of our wilderness trips. These trips last from 5 days to 70 days on 6 of 7 continents, in wilderness areas, national parks and pristine ecosystems around the planet. A child can begin overnight experiences with us in the 4th grade and we offer Gap Semester programs for college-aged students.

In recent years, Wilderness Adventures has grown to include a day camp: Wilderness Adventures’ Base Camp which serves kindergarten through 8th graders. Additionally, WA offers custom programming for schools, churches and other organizations so that their students can experience the fun and learning experience that WA programs have to offer.

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