Programs

Audubon Conservation Treks

Join Audubon on a memorable, multi-day outdoor adventure

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As the oldest and most trusted conservation organization in America, Audubon serves youth with unforgettable multi-day expeditions filled with adventure, service, science, and fun. Audubon Conservation Treks engage middle school and high school students in exciting and educational week-long, staff-facilitated, student-led outdoor leadership experiences that expose youth to incredible natural ecosystems across Texas.

During excursions, students are focused on strengthening their science literacy competency and creative problem-solving as they grapple with real-world applications of environmental science. On each week-long excursion, students complete at least one service project.

Students may participate individually in any of our scheduled excursions, or we can work with schools and other youth organizations to create private group trips.

An Unrivaled Education Experience

Our natural world is the perfect place to augment classroom curricula, invigorate students' sense of curiosity and discovery, and cultivate conservation messages that leave lasting impressions.  Participants learn directly from Audubon, one of the leading names in conservation, by way of Audubon's knowledgeable educators.

Each program seamlessly incorporates conservation and field-based ecology lessons as well as service-learning projects that provide students with opportunities to develop civic engagement skills in the conservation and environmental science field. 

We can work closely with teachers and other clients to develop a variety of educational programming including biology, geology, human and natural history, physical sciences, leadership training, and teambuilding. Private group trips can be customized to accommodate your program needs, including alignment with Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).

Tons of Fun

We’ll take you to some of the most incredible and beautiful places in the country and pack our itineraries full of adventure. You'll be part of a tight-knit community of great and caring friends. Program highlights may include hiking through wild and rugged terrain; kayaking through dramatic canyons and beautiful riparian landscapes, rivers or lakes; camping under the Milky Way around a crackling campfire; swimming in the lakes, rivers, and springs of Texas; and helping restore habitat and conserving ecosystems for birds and other wildlife.

Your Audubon staff members are available after the conclusion of the journey as a resource for career, volunteer, and mentorship opportunities. 

A Chance to Develop 21st Century Skills

There is a profound gap between the knowledge and skills most students learn in school and the knowledge and skills they need in typical 21st-century communities and workplaces. The American Management Corporation reports that employers want workers who can think critically, solve problems creatively, innovate, collaborate, and communicate.

The dynamic and challenging programming we provide not only develops these skills but requires them. Traveling as a team, cooking meals together, wilderness navigation, boating with your peers, setting up tents, creating community, and dealing with unpredictable weather all require collaboration, clear communication, critical thinking, and creative problem-solving. 

A Great Sense of Community

Knowing that everyone has more fun when included, valued and supported, we put significant energy into the intentional development of a community. We facilitate games, activities, and discussions that foster the development of a close, caring community. After a week of supporting one another, students will return to school more united and energized. Individual participants can expect to form bonds with new peers who have similar interests in the outdoors.

An Incredible Itinerary

We seek to find the most beautiful locations in the country and explore them in a variety of ways. Here at Audubon, we have almost 100 years of knowledge of the surrounding areas and environment--and we are here to share that knowledge with you. We’ll take you to the coolest places and explore them by hiking, rafting, rock climbing, horseback riding or backpacking.

Personal Attention from Great Instructors

We have a ratio of 1 adult for every 9 students. Every adventurer will have the personal attention they need to thrive in this new environment, build confidence in decision-making, and feel safe. Our instructors are environmental educators with extensive traveling experience, both locally and internationally. They are proficient travelers, skilled outdoorsmen, and personable leaders that are prepared to expertly share their knowledge. 

Safety

Safety is our paramount priority. All instructors are well-versed in dealing with varied environments and we provide all the necessary gear and knowledge to make the safest trip possible.

Each trip will include an instructor that is a Wilderness First Responder certified by the Wilderness Medicine Institute. 

Great Food

Our food is deliciously creative! We take the time to plan ingredients for every meal that provide adequate nutrients that meet the high physical demand of our trips. Participants work collaboratively to turn the ingredients into a satisfying, tasty meal. Groups practice communication, leadership, and teamwork skills. We can provide alternative options to accommodate most food allergies and dietary restrictions.

Great Value 

Unlike other travel programs, our cost includes all meals, snacks, water, tents, sleeping pads, cookware, and travel expenses from the local meeting location to the trip location. Sleeping bags may also be borrowed at no additional cost (limited amount available). Students bring their clothing, sturdy shoes, personal hygiene items, and sleeping bag (if possible). Let us take care of the rest! 

As an even greater value to students of Title 1 high schools in Texas between the ages of 14 and 18, applications for a fully-subsidized program are available. If approved, there is no cost to the student other than any expenses involved in traveling to and from the departure location nearest the student. Students can choose to depart from our centers in either the Dallas or San Antonio areas (see Booking Contact below).

Additional Details

  • Group limit: 18
  • Grades: 6-12 
  • Audubon Staff to Student Ratio: 1:9
  • Thanks to our generous donors, funders and grants, Treks can be fully subsidized for students between the ages of 14 and 18 currently attending a Title 1 high school in Texas 
  • Cost per student (when not subsidized): $840
  • Students may participate individually in scheduled Treks. School participation/endorsement is not required
  • We can also create private group excursions for schools and other youth groups on unscheduled dates, in other locations

Booking Contact

Each of our three Audubon Centers in Texas offers Audubon Conservation Treks. Excursions depart from these locations, so please contact or apply with the center nearest you:

Dogwood Canyon
Audubon Center
 
Located in Cedar Hill, TX
(southwestern Dallas County)
dcac@audubon.org

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Mitchell Lake
Audubon Center
 
Located in San Antonio, TX
mlac@audubon.org

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Trinity River
Audubon Center

Located in Dallas, TX
trac@audubon.org

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