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P.O. Box 347171
San Francisco


We are a growing NETWORK of local organizations using training and outdoor gear libraries to help connect kids to the outdoors across America. 




Mr. Macdonald is most known for his work as founder of Bay Area Wilderness Training (BAWT).  His experience in the outdoors began as a youth, on family camping and ski trips in the Northeastern United States. This experience brought him to work in 1993 with the Appalachian Mountain Club where he worked for five seasons, maintaining backcountry facilities and leading groups of youth and adults in Maine and New Hampshire. He has worked in education as a classroom teacher in New Orleans and with urban youth in Boston, Detroit, San Francisco and Oakland.

While at BAWT, he was recognized by Stanford University’s School of Education for valuable contributions and outstanding service to the education of low-income children and youth.  Additionally, BAWT was recognized by the West Region Association for Experiential Education (AEE) for exemplary program work within the field and nominated by the Outdoor Retail Industry for an industry award in the non-profit category.  Mr. Macdonald was nominated in 2013 as a White House Champion of Change- The Next Generations of Conservation Leaders. 

Mr. Macdonald works regionally, with the Bay Area Children and Nature Collaborative, nationally, supporting the  The Children and Nature Network, and internationally, as an advisor to Global Trails Alliance.  He lives in San Francisco’s Portola neighborhood with his wife and two children, where he particularly loves exploring San Francisco’s McLaren Park.

Board of Directors

Craig Bentley Vice President, Bates Communications,  (Boston)

Connor Folley  Senior Marketing Director, Flywheel Digital (Seattle)

Chris Gubera President, Adventure Medical Kits (San Francisco Bay Area/New Hampshire)

Laura Kaplan School Social Worker, NYC Public Schools (New York) 

Kyle Macdonald (Ex-Officio)  Founder and CEO (San Francisco)

Jessica Parsons  Chair, Director, Youth Opportunities Program, Appalachian Mountain Club (Boston) 

Alison Paul  Youth Conservation Action Manager, The Field Museum (Chicago)

Aparna Rajagopal-Durbin   Principal, The Avarna Group (Truckee)

Bill Senenko - Digital Marketing Director, REI (Seattle) 


Chair Emeriti: Rue Mapp, Outdoor Afro; Jamie Morris, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation



Susan Alexander   Principal, Susan Alexander Communications

Kenny Ballard  Chief Operating Officer, Osprey Packs

George Chevalier  Marketing Manager, Princeton Tec

Dan Chu  Senior Director, Our Wild America Campaign, The Sierra Club

Adam Croan  Head of Global Omnichannel Marketing, CBU, Wacom 

Neil Grimmer  CEO & Co-Founder, Plum Inc.

Sue Harvey-Brown Marketing Manager, Patagonia Footwear/Wolverine World Wide

Juan Martinez Director of Leadership Development, The Children and Nature Network

Jed Paulson  Vice President of Digital Retail, REI

Nina Roberts, PhD San Francisco State University

Don Scott President, GSI

Alexei Tcherepanov  RD& D Director, Boreas Gear

Scott Welch   Global Corporate Relations Manager, Columbia Sportswear Company

Stefanie Brochu   Vice President, Outdoor Learning & Leadership, Appalachian Mountain Club.  (Boston)