TRACKS promotes outdoor adventure, youth leadership and environmental stewardship. TRACKS' mission is to encourage outdoor opportunities for all ages, abilities and income levels, opportunities that develop life skills and knowledge for a healthy community.
TRACKS was started in the spring of 2007 amid growing concern and research identifying a "nature deficit" in society. Since its inception, TRACKS has effectively infused many Bellevue programs and activities with its six key standards:
- Teaching: teaches skills people can recreate on their own (Urban Cycling Techniques).
- Recreation: provides a healthy option to enhance fitness (Family and Friends Snowshoe Adventure).
- Adventure: offers opportunities for active, experiential learning (Teens Outside High Adventure Camps).
- Competency: helps build skill mastery (Skaters in the Woods).
- Knowledge: promotes understanding of the natural environment (Eastside Explorers Speaker Series).
- Stewardship encourages and creates opportunities for stewardship and volunteer service (Stewardship Saturdays, Teens Outside).
To volunteer with the TRACKS program, or if you are a teen looking for service hours, please email TRACKS@bellevuewa.gov.
Look for TRACKS in the Connections recreation brochure to find classes, activities and events that are part of the TRACKS initiative.
View Ken Burns' "National Parks: America’s Greatest Idea" clip about youth and the outdoors.