Empowering youth through adventure.

Explore Austin is a 100% free, six-year-long program serving youth from economically disadvantaged communities. We empower youth to reach their full potential through mentoring, leadership and outdoor adventure. Get our newsletter for all things Explore Austin!


Travel across the U.S. to hike, canoe, rock climb, mountain bike and develop leadership skills!

Join a team of 15 youth Explorers and 5 adult volunteer Mentors to learn fun outdoor skills in Texas and beyond while developing as a leader and teammate. Find out how to join our community.

Our method builds relationships and leadership skills through long-term mentorship and team-based adventure in nature.


Volunteer, donate gear, join an event committee, attend an event, fundraise for Explore Austin and more. Find opportunities.


Explore Austin is 100% philanthropically funded. Learn how you can help make our transformational programming possible.

Explore Austin Mentors commit 6 years, an average of 1,300 hours per child, in the program.

Explorers begin in the sixth grade and our volunteer Mentors stay with them through high school graduation and beyond, into their adult lives.

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Mentor Retention Rate, Year Over Year

Each child is on a team of 15 Explorers and 5 Mentors that stay with them through the entire program.