Environmental Traveling Companions

Opening Access to Adventures

aka ETC   |   San Francisco, CA   |  www.etctrips.org

Mission

Environmental Traveling Companions (ETC) makes the joy and challenge of outdoor adventures accessible to people with disabilities and under-resourced youth, inspiring self-confidence, connection to nature, and stewardship of the environment.

Ruling year info

1975

Executive Director

Diane Poslosky

Main address

Fort Mason Center, 2 Marina Blvd. Suite C385

San Francisco, CA 94123 USA

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EIN

51-0158789

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Recreational and Sporting Camps (Day, Overnight, etc.) (N20)

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

While California and the nation are rich in outdoor recreation and environmental treasures, traditional outdoor programming persistently underserves communities of color, low-income youth and families, and people with disabilities of all ages. At the same time, the environment needs creative new leaders and stewards.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Whitewater Rafting

ETC offers the opportunity to experience the excitement, challenge, and connection to nature that comes with whitewater rafting. Our one to three-day whitewater rafting adventures for people who are physically or mentally disabled take place on the South Fork American River, at our accessible riverside campground and education center in Lotus, CA.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
People with disabilities

We offer single day and multi-day sea kayaking trips for participants with disabilities and economically disadvantaged youth on San Francisco and Tomales Bays. To complement our day trip offerings, we offer overnight adventures to Angel Island, beach camping expeditions in Point Reyes National Seashore, full moon dinner paddles, bioluminescence tours, and Shared Expeditions to locations further afield, such as the Channel Islands and the Mendocino Coast.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
People with disabilities

Through adaptive cross-country skiing, ETC's Winter Program opens access for people with disabilities and under-resourced youth to the awe-inspiring winter landscapes of aspen forests and mountain vistas, along with the magic and wonder of snow. The program transforms the way our participants think and feel about their bodies, their abilities, their relationships with others, and their connection to the natural world. The home of our winter program is in Bear Valley, in the Sierra foothills.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
People with disabilities

Through ETC's Youth LEAD Program we offer 14 to 21-day intensive Youth LEAD Summer Expeditions for 40-60 youth. The courses include training in whitewater rafting, sea kayaking, backpacking, and environmental stewardship. Students gain self-confidence, resiliency, and develop leadership and stewardship skills.

Our Youth LEAD Fellowship program is an 8-month Fellowship for outstanding alumni of the summer courses to further develop their leadership skills, via weekly cohort meetings, educational and experiential field trips, training, and projects. During the Fellowship program, each youth becomes an ETC guide and assists in taking out other youth groups on outdoor adventures twice per month.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
At-risk youth

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of participants engaged in programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Economically disadvantaged people, People with disabilities

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

In 2017-2018, ETC met goals for serving under-represented groups, but had lower overall totals, we had to cancel some programming due to high winds & fire smoke, to assure safety of our participants.

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

At-risk youth, People with disabilities

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Volunteers are the heart and soul of ETC. Volunteers contributed an estimated 5,250 days to ETC's programs.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

ETC seeks to remove barriers to the great outdoors so that under-served youth, people with disabilities and chronic health conditions of all ages, veterans, can benefit from healthy recreation, adventure, and lasting connections with nature. At the same time, through environmental education, we seek to inspire new and creative stewardship. We seek to offer life-changing experiences in the great outdoors.

ETC designs program that can achieve life-changing, transformational impact for participants. We operate four signature programs: (1) Whitewater River Rafting, (2) Sea Kayaking, (3) Cross-Country Skiing, and (4) Youth LEAD Program and Fellowship. Through these educational outdoor adventure programs, we seek to provide adaptive, financially accessible opportunities for people of all backgrounds to enjoy the challenge and delight of the outdoors, while developing a stewardship ethos.

ETC has a highly dedicated and talented staff and Board of Directors; a cadre of 250-300 outstanding/skilled volunteers; a network of more than 90 agency partners; a stable funding base; and a track record as a pioneer and innovator in the field of adaptive, educational outdoor adventure.

At its inception, ETC was the first organization in the country to offer adaptive rafting and sea kayaking programs for people with a wide range of disabilities. In 2000, ETC expanded its capacity with the purchase of land on the banks of the South Fork of the American River. ETC developed the property into a universally accessible and ecologically designed river camp, which serves as a model of sustainable, adaptive, and inclusive architecture. In 2011, we expanded our Sea Kayak Program with a satellite operation on Tomales Bay at Heart's Desire Beach. ETC's Executive Director has been awarded the prestigious Jefferson Award for Service and the organization was recognized in 2015 with a Dewitt Award for Partnership from the California Department of Parks and Recreation. In 2015, ETC was invited by TOM Global, Google.org, and United Cerebral Palsy of the North Bay to the Bay Area Make-a-Thon to design an adaptive seating solution for kayaking and river rafting for people with disabilities. From 2014 to 2017, ETC significantly expanded the organization's reach and impact, growing services by 43 percent. We are working to expand fundraising for Scholarships that continue to open access to under-served communities.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Environmental Traveling Companions

Board of directors
as of 10/11/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Howard Levitt

National Park Service (Retired)


Board co-chair

Steve Herzog

Wetherby Asset Management

Dick Blair

Morgan, Miller, Blair (retired)

Tom Morehouse

Independent Consultant

Harriet Moss

Antenna Audio Inc (Retired)

David Kennedy

Stanford University

David Yacubian

National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS)

Alphonso Mance

Alameda County

Charlie Sharp

Kaiser Permanente (retired)

Clark Miller

Titus Wealth Management

Jason Friend

McDash Analytics

John Cassidy

Chief Executive and Co-Founder

Kathryn Lino

James Lino Construction

Robert Lew

Estate Planner (retired)

Russell Sprunger

Google

Karina Sobhani

Workday

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/11/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

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Sexual orientation

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