This is a year round program that serves underserved youth in Yolo and the surrounding counties. These youth face many barriers in connecting to the outdoors: transportation, lack of money to buy appropriate gear, and parents' lack of time. In addition, immigrant parents who work in agricultural fields do not seek outdoor recreation for their children. Family dynamics create another barrier. Some youth come from backgrounds where the parents are substance abusers, perpetrators, or abusers. For other youth their parents are absent or may not have the ability to take care of them. Our program includes outdoor activities, such as kayaking, hiking and swimming, leadership training and serves as an experiential educational component. Tuleyome started this program in 2005 serving 20 youth and working with one partner and has grown now to serve 140 youth eight partnering organizations. With the economy the way that it is, our Teen Outdoor Exploration Program has suffered. Without awesome companies such as Cache Canyon River Trips, White Water Adventures and people such as Helen McClosky, our youth would not be participating in this year’s activities.