Family Backpacking Training Series

Earthroots would like to invite you to participate in a unique family adventure opportunity beginning each fall. The Family Backpacking Training Series is a monthly program designed to get you geared up and comfortable to backpack with your kids. This will be a physical and emotional family challenge, with the loving support of your Earthroots community. Hikes will be held once each month. As our endurance grows, the trips will increase in length and difficulty each month.

We will start with a potluck, gear discussion and stories, move to progressively longer and heavier weighted hikes and begin with the first optional overnight mid way through our program. We will culminate with a two night summit.

Trips will be lead by Earthroots instructor Jeannie Lee, Wilderness First Responder, and experienced backpacking mom, Rachel Kimball. This series will include 8 monthly adventures: gear recommendations, training hikes, guided camping, backpacking trips and interpretation. Space is limited.

Ages 5 and up

2018 Program Dates to be announced soon.  To be placed on our interest list please email

Day-long hikes will be from 9:00am-2:00pm

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To Register:
Please submit one Enrollment Form per family and one Medical Release Form per participant and payment to:

Earthroots Field School
PO Box 504
Trabuco Canyon, CA 92688

Or email to:

Payment may be mailed to address above or sent via paypal to

Earthroots provides:
– Guidance by Earthroots Field School instructors, certified Wilderness First Responders and First Aid & CPR
– all camping site fees
– naturalist education

Participants provide:
– tram fees per person
– parking passes for OC Parks, National Forest or State Parks
– food
– gear (group will facilitate borrowing and sharing, as possible)
– transportation (carpooling will be encouraged and facilitated)

Earthroots proudly invites graduates of our Family Backpack Training Series
to join in a longer backcountry trip each Summer with

For more information, please contact Staci Hansen at
Read our blog 5 Tips to Backpacking with Children

IMG_2093Graduates and guides of the first Earthroots Family Backpack Training Series 2013-14