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Outdoor Programs

  • Real Living Starts When You Step Outdoors
  • Go Find Yourself
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“Not all who wander are lost.”

              J.R.R. Tolkien

The mission of the Outdoor Programs is quite simple – “Get more folks outdoors. Our belief is that everyone is capable of enjoying the outdoors with a little guidance, proper gear, and a positive attitude. 

Outdoor recreation is our passion.  Come join us and explore your wild outdoors.

Register for Fall - Registration starts September 3, at 10:00am

Fall 2015 Programs - Complete Catalog

Outdoor Programs can be found in the following three sections:

Fall Youth Programs (see pages 13-15 for Outdoor classes)

Fall Youth & Adult (including ski bus)

Fall Boating

Register for Summer - Registration is ongoing

Summer 2015 Programs - Complete Catalogue

Outdoor Programs can be found in the following three sections:

Summer Camps Only (see page 11-13 for Outdoor Adventure camps)

Summer Youth Programs Only (see pages 26-27 for Outdoor classes)

Summer Youth & Adult Programs

For more info please contact Jeff Ozimek at jeff@biparks.org

Check out this article about our Outdoor Programs Coordinator from the Kitsap Sun!




Our backpacking and wilderness programs are one-of-a kind experiences that reward participants with the very best that the backcountry has to offer. To best enjoy each experience, participants should appropriately match their ability level to each trip’s unique physical and environmental challenges. Group size ranges from 4-10 participants. Price includes transportation, outdoor gear, camping permits, and park entrance fees. Participants must have taken Backpacking 101 to join backpacking trips or have trip leader approval.

Don’t let a lack of gear stop you! Try out our equipment for free. Our Outdoor Gear Bank has backpacks, tents, sleeping pads, trekking poles, and much more to borrow for free!

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Come explore some of the best mountain biking Washington has to offer with us! Bring a working bike and helmet. Rides are geared towards group ability. It is recommended to have a tire repair kit on hand for flats. Transportation provided unless otherwise noted in the course descriptions.

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These programs emphasize on-the-water time, expanding skill sets, and practicing safe kayaking. Fees cover all technical gear for day trips, camps, classes, and expeditions. Rain does not cancel programs; severe weather does.

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We’ve doubled our fleet, doubled our instructors, and doubled our classes for better one-on-one time between our instructors and your child! Sailing camps are taught by US Sailing Certified Instructors.

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Unique programs with a wealth of fun engaging information. Led by experts in their corresponding fields, you’ll come away with an entirely new appreciation of the natural environment.

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Get outside, breathe the fresh air, and connect back to the land as we explore the rich bounty of the Northwest’s wild and cultural foods. If you haven’t discovered the joys or benefits of foraged foods and wild medicines, this is your chance.

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Volunteering with the Outdoor Programs can be very rewarding. See new sights, learn new skills, make new friends, and build your experience helping with youth backpacking trips, adult kayaking classes, or family bike rides. We are looking for enthusiastic, passionate folks who want to share their experience, knowledge, and talents with program participants.
Volunteer Duties
Often times, volunteer serve as assistant instructors during programs and trips. This can often entail carrying a spare group medkit, extra supplies, acting as a sweeper, assisting in any field instruction, doing head counts, helping participants adjust their equipment, and/or any other minor issues. The overall goal is to ensure everyone is having a safe and enjoyable time on the program.
There is no cost to the volunteer to participant on a program. The Outdoor Programs will cover any preplanned expenses such as travel, equipment rental, lift ticket, etc.
How to volunteer
Please print and fill out a volunteer application. Make sure to include all applicable information. Drop the application off at the Strawberry Hill Park office with a cover sheet labeled, “Attention Jeff Ozimek – Outdoor Programs”.
The process
Expect to hear back within approximately two weeks about any volunteer requests. While we prefer to have skilled volunteers helping in areas of their own expertise such as snowshoeing, kayaking, or hiking, we have accommodated folks with less experience in areas they would like to learn while they help others.
For more information, email jeff@biparks.org or call (206) 842-2306 x115.



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