Programs

Audubon Conservation Treks

Join Audubon on a memorable, multi-day outdoor adventure

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Our week-long outdoor education programs inspire passion and a sense of stewardship for the natural world. We bring students, grades 9-12, to some of the most wild and beautiful places in Texas. Part leadership program, part outdoor adventure, participants will have a life-changing experience.

An Unrivaled Education Experience

Student adventurers will be learning directly from educators from one of the leading names in conservation. Each program seamlessly incorporates conservation, ecology lessons, and discussions into our outdoor programming. Treks embrace service learning as one of the key components to our successful trips and these projects form some of the most memorable experiences for the participants.

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 help to develop these skills, requiring participants to step out of their comfort zone and into their learning zone.  Traveling and navigating as a team, cooking meals together, boating with your peers, setting up tents, dealing with unpredictable weather, all require collaboration, clear communication, critical thinking, and creative problem solving. Join us and see the change in yourself and your peers. 

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

Audubon has over 100 combined years of knowledge of our 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, or backpacking.

Personal Attention from Great Instructors

We have an unbeatable ratio of one adult to every nine students, every adventurer will have the personal attention they need to thrive. Audubon environmental educators have travelled the world and now are ready to share their passion, enthusiasm, and sense of wonder with all participants!

Safety

Safety is always our top priority. All instructors are well versed and knowledgeable with the varied environments, and we provide all necessary gear to make these the safest trips possible. Each trip will have an instructor that is a Wilderness First Responder certified by the Wilderness Medicine Institute. 

Great Food

We take the time to plan every meal that you and other adventurers will take part in cooking.  We can accommodate food allergens and dietary restrictions.

Serving Title 1 Schools and Communities 

Scholarships that will cover the entire cost of the program are available on a first come, first served basis to Treks attendees. Unlike other travel programs, our program includes travel expenses, food and snacks, tents, sleeping pads, and all necessary outdoor gear; all we need for you to bring is some personal items and, if you have it, a personal sleeping bag.

Facts

  • Group limit: 18 students

  • Age: 14-18           
  • Facilitators: Audubon staff-1:9 staff/student ratio
  • Cost: Scholarships will be awarded for Title 1 students that will cover all supplies; participants only need to bring clothing, shoes, and personal items. The value of trips like these is over $800 per participant.

IMPORTANT APPLICATION INFORMATION

  • Applications must be completed in one attempt! Leaving the page before you complete the application will delete your application.
  • Plan to spend 15 minutes before beginning your application creating your short answers to one of the writing prompts below. Audubon Treks is an astounding experience, and as such, the application process is competative. We ask that all applicants respond to one of the writing prompts: 
    1. I am human, therefore I need Nature because...
    2. I feel empowered to lead when...
    3. Adventures await in the great outdoors...
  • Show us you're passionate about this opporunity! You can write a formal essay, a poem, a parody of song lyrics, an incredibly short story; any way you can express yourself will be accepted. We suggest you write out your answers in a word document then copy and paste into the application. Answers should be brief; no less than 5 sentences, no more than a full paragraph.
  • Applications without a writing response will not be accepted.

Ready? START YOUR APPLICATION NOW! Audubon Treks Application

Your Parent or Guardian must support your application and commitment. Any application without a corresponding Parent/Guardian application is disqualified! Make sure your Parent or Guardian fill out their application: Treks Parent/Guardian Application

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