TRACKS is a Parks & Community Services initiative promoting outdoor adventure, youth leadership and environmental stewardship. TRACKS' mission is to encourage outdoor opportunities for all ages, abilities and income levels, opportunities that develop life skills and knowledge for a healthy community.
What is TRACKS? TRACKS programs Summer Camps Volunteer opportunities "Like" us on Facebook Check out photos from Summer High Adventure Camps! TRACKS on KOMO-TV - Did you catch Bellevue’s Jenna Walenga on KOMO4 last week? There are still spots to join her at High Adventure Camps this summer
TRACKS was started in the spring of 2007 amid growing concern and research identifying a "nature deficit" within society. Since its inception, TRACKS has effectively infused many Bellevue programs and activities with its six key standards:
June 7th is National Trails Day! Leaves from Highland Community Center, 14224 Bel-Red Road.Explore the trails right in your own backyard on National Trails Day. Come with our experienced guide on a local trail to be part of this national event. Get outside, get moving and help the world around you. Trails give you the opportunity to get your heart pumping, lungs expanding and muscles working at various levels of difficulty, thereby improving your physical as well as mental well-being. With obesity rates skyrocketing, exercise is increasingly important, and trails provide a wide variety of opportunities for being physically active. We are lucky to live in a beautiful area full of trails. We will leave from the Highland Community Center and travel to a nearby trailhead to be determined. All ages and fitness abilities welcome. Please pre-register; space is limited. Transportation will be provided.
High Adventure Camp
Scramblers: High Adventure Intro Camp Meets at: Highland Community Center, 14224 Bel-Red Road. Want to get a taste of outdoor adventure? This three-day camp offers opportunities to learn new skills this summer. A day on the High Ropes Challenge Course, a day rock climbing and a fun hike into the mountains will allow you to explore some of the many outdoor recreation opportunities in the area. Whether you are looking for a new hobby or just a break from the routine, this camp will get you going. All gear and transportation will be provided.
Girls High Adventure CampMeets at Highland Community Center, 14224 Bel-Red Road Get gutsy this summer! This girls-only camp will take you to new heights. Play around up in the trees on the High Ropes Course or reach new heights rock climbing. We will explore the wilderness around us and learn new skills all week, culminating in an overnight backpacking trip into the Cascades. All gear and transportation will be provided. NOTE: Girls are welcomed at and encouraged to participate in ANY High Adventure Camp.
Backpacking Adventure: Advanced Overnight Camp This is a three-day/two-night backpacking trip designed to take your hiking and camping skills to the next level. This camp will include moderate to strenuous backpacking and two nights of back-country camping. We will focus on the skills and knowledge to help you gain confidence in the wilderness, while letting you experience the freedom, relaxation and fun found in the mountains. Previous backpacking experience is required.
Volunteer -to volunteer with the TRACKS program, or if you are a teen looking for service hours, please email firstname.lastname@example.org .
TRACKS in the news -
Look for TRACKS in the Connections recreation brochure to find classes, activities and events that are part of the TRACKS initiative.
View Ken Burns' "National Parks: America’s Greatest Idea" clip about youth and the outdoors.
Parks & Community Services
PO Box 90012
Bellevue, WA 98009
Contact: Jenna Walenga
Contact: Joe Moorman
Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center
Family, Youth & Teen Svcs