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Wilderness program

Wilderness Adventure

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Since 1981, San Francisco police have been leading city youth on adventures to explore Northern California’s great outdoors on day hikes, backpacking, sailing, river-rafting, and kayaking, averaging three trips every week. We explore hiking trails in San Francisco, including the Presidio, McLaren Park and Angel Island, and travel as far as Half Moon Bay and Palo Alto.
The program serves over 1,500 youth per year.

The goals of our Wilderness Adventure Youth Program are to:

  • Improve relations between police, youth, and the community
  • Empower youth to build skills, including teamwork, leadership, communication and self-confidence
  • Help youth to develop an appreciation and respect for the natural world

During the school year, we provide services to students enrolled in the San Francisco Unified School District. In the summer, we extend the program to youth from various community based organizations in San Francisco. If your child is interested in joining the Wilderness Program or if you would like more information, please email or call the program directly: 

Wilderness Program
3401 17th Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
Phone: 1-415-558-5546
E-mail: [email protected]

The Wilderness Program works in partnership with:

  • The San Francisco Unified School District
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of San Francisco
  • Environmental Traveling Companions
  • San Francisco Recreation and Park Department
  • Blue Water Foundation
  • National Park Service
  • California State Parks

San Francisco Police Department

Safety with Respect for All.