from front doors to outdoors

The mission of BOAT – the Bus for Outdoor Access & Teaching – is to get other organizations’ missions outside.

A not-for-profit wilderness program on wheels run from a custom bus, we bring a full service outdoor program to the front doors of our partners and provide outdoor education to the general public. Being outside has powerful effects on health, wellness, and learning – BOAT can serve as the logistical backend that gets you there. View programs below, or contact us to bring outdoor education to your event, organization, or group. 

We exist to strategically target major barriers to the outdoors:

Transportation & Access

Transportation remains one of the greatest barriers to getting Americans outside. BOAT provides logistical support for outdoor programs, ensuring a convenient and affordable way for programs that are prioritizing the outdoors to get there. As a non-profit, we can offer more affordable transit options, as long as you use our service for outdoor programs. 

Knowledge & Awareness

Americans often name the lack of experience, knowledge, or awareness of where to go and what to do as major factors that keep them from going outside. To combat that, we run education events and workshops right in the places where people actually live. Our goal is to give the public access to outdoor education!

Planning & Logistics

Camping can be complex – especially for a large group. We provide an expedition solution in the form of a bus converted into a “wilderness program on wheels.” There is no shortage of great organizations to partner with – we help them take their missions outside. 

Our Impact |2019

YOUTH: 234 participating students
ADULTS: 169participating students
TOTAL: 403participating students

We brought over 400 students out into the wild, trained dozens of educators, and reached over 7,000+ members of the community with outdoor education programs in 2019.

BOAT is on the move!

We serve a national audience, but you can see where we are (and where we’re headed) below:


Need some outdoor educators at your fair or farmers market? Want outdoor education in your school yard? Free camping trip consulting for your audience?


Outdoor survival and empowerment for kids? Campout for the troop? Introduce your brewery regulars to backpacking basics?  Day hike?


Need a few nights out? Want to navigate off-trail? Learn to make backcountry sushi with professional guides? Educational field trip?

Being outside matters.

Even a short time outside has powerful effects – and the more time you’re out, the strong those effects become. It’s critically important for Americans to be able to explore the benefits.

Good for your health!

Exposure to the outdoors can decrease anxiety or health incidents by as much as 24%, while enhancing emotional intelligence, collaboration, and resilience in the face of adversity.

A better way to learn!

Kids with access to the outdoors show 27% increases in test scores, plus higher attendance, fewer in class behavioral issues, and more focus.

Impacts that last!

Behavioral effects from outdoor education can last for up to 4 months out from an experience - plus fun memories and learning that lasts much longer!

It needs to be easier.

There are plenty of outdoor programs out there, but people still aren’t getting out. We wanted to create something different, so BOAT directly targets the challenges facing regular day to day organizations when they want to move their missions outside. 

The full package!

From food to gear to maps, everything you need for a trip is on BOAT. You can show up in sneakers and athletic clothes - we take care of the rest.

Front door to outdoor service!

We take you right from your front door to the outdoors! We will find an area near you that fits your program needs - and that means you don't pay for our facilities or capital expenses.

Curriculum built for you!

We build our content to fit your mission - the outdoors can be a classroom for anything! Work with us, and we will figure out how public lands can serve your specific needs or content.

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Sign up for updates on where we are, the bus, programs, thoughts about the access to the outdoors, and – of course – ways you can join, support us, or get involved. Welcome to BOAT!

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