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Teen Wilderness Programs

Twin Eagles Seasonal Teen Rendezvous

Full-On Skills. Edge Experiences. Epic Adventures.

for Teens ages 13-18
in Sandpoint, Idaho & Spokane, Washington
and locations throughout the Inland Northwest

Teen Wilderness Programs

Twin Eagles Seasonal Teen Rendezvous, our teen wilderness programs, were created to offer awesome experiences to teens throughout the Inland Northwest and beyond to sink deep roots to the earth through wilderness skills while soaring high through full-on group adventures. These programs were designed to keep the deep nature connection mentoring experience alive throughout the school year. Teens learn leadership by working together as well as applying their sensitivities through ancient earth based skills and crafts. Twin Eagles nature based mentors guide teens through these experiences, developing significant creative problem solving skills while they revel in being fully alive.

Our teen wilderness programs are powerful opportunities for teens to encounter the wild around them as we journey to destinations throughout the Inland Northwest. As well, teens have a chance to touch their own inner wildness by giving unique voice to their inner selves amongst a community of peers and mentors. This will all take place within the powerful and safe context of a "cultural basket" of teachings that will provide grounding and balance while peaking their senses and learning. Thus, we echo the blueprint of natural learning shared by our ancestors through millennia.

All of our weekend teen wilderness programs have their own theme, allowing teens to experience a depth of mentoring difficult to find elsewhere. Some favorite themes have included earth based crafts, wilderness survival challenge, animal tracking, walkabout, primitive cooking, the way of the scout, and winter snow cave expedition.

Teenagers have a fundamental, archetypal need to test themselves and test their world. If we, the community of adults that hold them, don't provide experiences to meet these needs, they will seek out other potentially destructive ways of getting these needs met.”

- Tim Corcoran, Twin Eagles co-Director & co-Founder

Teen Wilderness Programs

Where?

Our weekend teen wilderness programs are held at locations throughout the Inland Northwest, each matched to the unique theme of the weekend. Through Twin Eagles Seasonal Teen Rendezvous programs, we travel from the pristine mountains of north Idaho to the arid deserts of eastern Washington. From the shores of Lake Pend Oreille to deep cedar forests, teens have the opportunity to experience the breadth and depth of our bioregion.

How Many?

We are committed to a high mentor to student ratio of at least one-to-six to ensure a high quality program. We enroll students ages 13 - 18. Maximum program enrollment is 25 students. There are ample opportunities for teens to work one-on-one with mentors.

When?

Our weekend teen wilderness programs run from Friday evening through Sunday afternoon. Specific times vary for each teen wilderness program weekend.

Spring 2018 Teen Rendezvous - Fri Apr 13 - Sun Apr 15

Theme: Juniper Sand Dunes Wilderness Expedition

Location: Juniper Sand Dunes Wilderness Area, near Pasco, Washington

6:00 pm Friday - 4:00 pm Sunday

Imagine joining together with other nature loving teens to explore the northernmost growth of western juniper trees amongst 150' high sand dunes, while tracking mule deer, bobcat, coyote, badger, skunk, weasel, porcupine, kangaroo rat, hawks, owls, quail, and dove. Juniper Sand Dunes Wilderness area is a 7000+ acre protected zone which many consider a "Naturalist's Playground". We'll join together for activities like:

  • Exploring the Ecology of Juniper Sand Dunes
  • Wildlife Tracking & Trailing
  • Modern and Primitive Navigation & Lostproofing
  • Mapping
  • Bird Language
  • Mystery Elements and Adventures
  • Ecological Tracking
  • Renewing Connections amongst teens throughout our bio-region
  • Stories and Songs that celebrate and inspire
  • Super Fun Spring Games
  • Inner Teachings of the Spring Season

How Much?

Each weekend costs $250, which includes lodging and some meals.
Scholarships are available.

  • $100 deposit due upon registration, with remaining balance due one week before program start date.

SAVE 10% by enrolling in three or more sessions!

We are also offer teens who have been to Twin Eagles programs before the chance to learn to become nature based mentors through our Mentor-in-Training (MIT) program. Please see the Mentor-in-Training web page for more information.

I loved it! I had the time of my life and would do it again in a heartbeat!”

Erin Duebendorfer

To Apply

Registration is currently open for Twin Eagles Seasonal Teen Rendezvous 2017-2018.

Complete an online application and pay by credit card by clicking the "Apply Now" button below.

Scholarships are available for our teen programs - click here for more information.

Twin Eagles Seasonal Teen Rendezvous 2017-2018
Teen Wilderness Programs

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If you prefer to pay by check, click here to download an application packet (pdf) and apply by US Mail.

Questions? Contact us here.

Please Note: Our programs often fill to capacity with waiting lists, sometimes quickly. Your child's space in this program is not reserved until we have received both a completed application and a deposit, and you have heard from us that they have been accepted and registered. Thank you!

Teen Wilderness Programs
Never before in history have youth been so plugged-in - and so out of touch with the natural world...direct exposure to nature is essential for healthy development - physical, emotional and spiritual.”

- From Richard Louv’s Last Child in the Woods

Nature Based Mentoring

At our teen wilderness programs, our mentoring philosophy is grounded in the fact that human beings are multi-faceted and that personal growth and discovery is revealed gradually. For this reason we are committed to long-term mentoring relationships with whole families that support each student to unfold their natural gifts and potential over time.

Our teen wilderness programs provide opportunities for teenagers to deeply immerse their senses in the landscapes of nature and give them adventure challenges that are fun, test their strengths and intimately connect them to the land and themselves. By taking this journey, teens learn to be comfortable and confident outdoors, and a solid foundation of a love for our Earth is laid.

We inspire teens to grow as life long learners by nurturing their natural curiosity for the world around them. We help them form these curiosities into a cohesive and intense passion for learning. Thus, children grow into themselves holistically and are set forth on a path to discover their own unique gifts that they will one day share with the world.

Ultimately, they learn to ask questions for themselves and seek answers in their world; the simple truth that all things are teachers is revealed.

Teen Wilderness Programs

Why is this important?

We recognize that today's teens will be the true leaders of our future. We believe that through engaging the imagination and senses, nurturing their love for the earth, helping them develop their own unique gifts, being committed to passion-based learning and long-term mentoring, and helping them develop the fiber for adapting to natural challenge and change with resiliency, we hope to foster a larger community of naturalists, life-long learners and caretakers of our earth for the future generations. We invite you to come be a part of this exciting endeavor!


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