WHOA! Help Kids Enjoy The Outdoors

By giving to the Weekend Horseback Outdoor Adventure program (WHOA), you will help underserved students enjoy nature. Click here to see photos and quotes from the 2015 and 2016 programs.

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The WHOA program honors the life of John Wirth, a great scholar, teacher and outdoor enthusiast. His dream was for young people to have the chance to discover the magic of nature on horseback.

Each year a small group of sixth-graders is chosen to experience an outdoor adventure at Ghost Ranch near Abiquiu. Gene McCraken, an experienced and seasoned wrangler and retired teacher, and his wife Peggy, organize and lead the expedition. Two teachers from the Pojoaque Valley Middle School accompany the students. The participants are introduced to horseback riding, hiking and overnight camping.

This program is made possible through support from donors like you as well as partner organizations including Pajarito Environmental Education Center in Los Alamos, Pojoaque Valley Public School District, and the National Ghost Ranch Foundation.

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Click here to see the Weekend Horseback Outdoor Adventure program brochure.