Club de Exploradores

Let's go explore!

Club de Exploradores is a free, bi-lingual outreach program that recruits middle school aged students from the Hispanic communities of Transylvania County and surrounding areas to join FIND Outdoors team members on monthly, all-day adventures in Pisgah National Forest. Funded by our friends at Dogwood Health, this project was born out of the need to address the imbalance of who is enjoying and benefiting from living next to public lands, like the Pisgah National Forest. 

FIND Outdoors believes that everyone can benefit from finding ways to connect with the natural world. From healthy lifestyles to the economic opportunities being taken advantage of by local small business owners, club members will see and feel the local community echoing the message that “these forests belong to you too!”

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Explorers become Leave No Trace experts on monthly adventures

At the heart of Club de Exploradores is a desire to ensure there will be a new generation of advocates for our public lands. The Seven Principles of The Leave No Trace (LNT) ethic, taught by the FIND Outdoor’s LNT certified trainers, are the best tools we have to fulfill our mission and create the next generation of responsible outdoor lovers.

Explorers earn patches and outdoor gear

With each adventure, Club members earn a unique patch and new piece of gear to help them on their outdoor adventures. The more adventures Club members attend, the more patches and gear they earn to take home at the end of the season.

kids on a hike

Adventure #1

Hiking

This adventure begins with a visit to The Cradle of Forestry, where Club members are introduced to the history of Forestry in the United States, rooted right in Pisgah National Forest. After creating their own trail mix and gathering their gear, club member travel by van to a hiking adventure on the Pink Beds Connector Trail. On this adventure, club members are introduced to Leave No Trace (LNT) principle #1 “Plan ahead and Prepare” and #2 “Travel on Durable Surfaces.”

kids horseback riding in forest

Adventure #2

Horseback Riding

Club members begin the day at Sycamore Flats, along the Davidson River. Here, Los Exploradores pack their snacks and lunch, review their maps, check the weather, fill up on water, grab their hammocks, and get their day packs ready before heading to Pisgah Stables for horseback riding. After their ride, they practice LNT principle #3—“Dispose of Waste Properly” by learning about catholes, and cleaning up trash on the trail.

kids fishing

Adventure #3

Fishing & River Exploration

Los Exploradores meet up for a fun, informational session on basic wading, river safety, and investigating our streams for the aquatic life that helps sustain our trout population. Club members also learn about reach and roll casting— and once everybody has a turn to try it on land they go into the private fishing waters to try out their skills. This adventure helps teach LNT principle #4 “Leave What You Find” and #6 “Respect Wildlife.” 

kids fishing

Adventure #3

Fishing & River Exploration

Los Exploradores meet up for a fun, informational session on basic wading, river safety, and investigating our streams for the aquatic life that helps sustain our trout population. Club members also learn about reach and roll casting— and once everybody has a turn to try it on land they go into the private fishing waters to try out their skills. This adventure helps teach LNT principle #4 “Leave What You Find” and #6 “Respect Wildlife.” 

kids sitting around making a campfire

Adventure #4

Outdoor Cooking & Fire Building

This adventure has Club members doing all things centered around fire and water! From learning how to build a fire safely and responsibly to using the fire for cooking, Los Exploradores will focus on LNT principle #5 “Minimize Campfire Impact.” We will follow up our campfire by taking a tubing adventure with Headwaters Outfitters.

kids sitting around making a campfire

Adventure #4

Outdoor Cooking & Fire Building

This adventure has Club members doing all things centered around fire and water! From learning how to build a fire safely and responsibly to using the fire for cooking, Los Exploradores will focus on LNT principle #5 “Minimize Campfire Impact.” We will follow up our campfire by taking a tubing adventure with Headwaters Outfitters.

mountain biker

Adventure #5

Mountain Biking & Trail Work

Our adventure begins working with Pisgah Area SORBA to clean up a section of a very popular trail. The Exploradores scraped sediment and trimmed vegetation. The Hub got the group properly fitted with bikes and helmets and after learning how to ride safely and courteously, the Exploradores got to ride the same trail they worked on that morning. This adventure focuses on LNT principle #6 “Respect Wildlife” and #7 “Be Considerate of Other Visitors.” 
group of kids on mountaintop

Adventure #6

Overnight Camping Trip

Club members will put all they’ve learned to good use during our overnight camping trip! At the end of the trip, Los Exploradores will have the opportunity to demonstrate and share their Leave No Trace knowledge with their families. Everyone will leave with knowledge of how they can best protect public lands for years to come.

Join the Club!

Are you interested in joining us for our 2023 season? We are now accepting applications! 

Club Partners

FIND Explorers Club partners with local businesses and organizations to make this program possible. Each partner provides funds, gear, services, or instruction. Are you interested in partnering with us in the future? Contact us to learn more!

We are building for the future generations of explorers

With each trip into the Pisgah National Forest, Club members had a chance to interact with the forest in a new way. Whether on horseback or on foot, standing in its streams or on a mountain bike, club members were invited to explore how the forest can provide them with excitement, inspiration, or simply a place to set up a hammock and relax.

The first group of Los Exploradores will lead us into the future as we welcome a new generation of members to Club in 2023. This adventurous first group will have the opportunity remain active within the Club, take on leadership roles, and help guide the Club de Exploradores into the future.

Support our mission

We want to make our program possible for years to come—and you can help by supporting our mission.

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