The Back to Earth Stotry.

Our Story

Back to Earth has been a labor of love from the beginning. The organization's founders, Eli Marienthal and Jesse Sachs, have been friends since they were students at Berkeley High, where they bonded over a shared love of wilderness and the arts. Reflecting on their own journeys through adolescence they began asking: “What did we need when we were teenagers? What kinds of relationships with peers and mentors did we long for, and where would we have found them?” From this inquiry, and with the guidance of their teachers and elders, Back to Earth has grown into one of Northern California’s premier youth wilderness immersion and rites of passage organizations.

Our Commitments

Our Commitments

-We are committed to expanding access to the wilderness. No teen will be turned away for lack of funds. Learn More
-We are committed to being a culturally relevant point of entry to the outdoors.
-We offer programming that is appropriate for youth of all backgrounds and levels of experience.
-We are committed to uplifting our participant community by offering pathways for ongoing training and employment.

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