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We can’t fathom what it’s like to be on the frontlines of the greatest healthcare crisis of our generation, but we do know this: our healthcare workers deserve the opportunity to adventure and recharge together in beautiful, wild places.

So, First Descents and the Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation have launched HERO RECHARGE – a nationwide series of outdoor adventure programs for healthcare workers (ages 18-45) on the frontlines of COVID-19.

HERO RECHARGE Programs are designed to improve mental health, nurture supportive peer relationships, and better position providers to carry out their important work. Left unaddressed and without effective opportunities for respite and renewal, our healthcare system may face long-term disruption.

First Descents is working closely with an infectious disease specialist, its Medical Advisory Board, and partners to ensure safe and meaningful programs across the nation.

To apply to attend a HERO RECHARGE program, please click the “Inquire about a Program” button below and fill out the application form!

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Rock Climbing | New Paltz, NY – Healthcare Workers

July 27, 2021 - September 15, 2021

Join your fellow healthcare workers for a weekend of adventure, connection, and challenge as we head to Minnewaska State Park for some rock climbing with the trusted guides at Alpine Endeavors! You'll get to enjoy two days of iconic climbs and beautiful scenery with the First Descents community. Downtime will…

Eligibility: Any Healthcare Worker Applicant Nationwide
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Rock Climbing | Baraboo, WI – Healthcare Workers

August 24, 2021 - September 22, 2021

Connect with fellow healthcare workers while you learn new rock climbing skills with the trusted Devils Lake Climbing Guides! On this three-day two-night adventure, you'll explore the beautiful Devils Lake State Park with your First Descents Community. Downtime will be spent at the amazing and funky Willowood Inn! This includes…

Eligibility: Any Healthcare Worker Applicant Nationwide
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Kayaking | Surfing | Santa Barbara, CA – Healthcare Workers

October 20, 2021 - October 22, 2021

Join your fellow healthcare workers for a trip filled with fun, connection, and challenge as we head to Santa Barbara for stunning coastal kayaking and epic surfing. Never, tried surfing or kayaking before? This is the perfect introduction with our trusted guides at Santa Barbara Adventure Company! You'll get to enjoy…

Eligibility: Any Healthcare Worker Applicant Nationwide
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Rock Climbing | Dripping Springs, TX – Healthcare Workers

November 8, 2021 - November 10, 2021

Ready for your epic First Descents program in Texas? During this 3-day adventure, you will get to explore a limestone rock climbing jewel just right outside of Austin at Reimers Ranch Park. The expert guides at Rock About Climbing will be instructing folks on the basics of climbing and challenging…

Eligibility: Any Healthcare Worker Applicant Nationwide
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Kayaking | Bryson City, NC – Healthcare Workers

September 20, 2021 - September 22, 2021

Come out and connect with fellow healthcare workers during an incredible few days of whitewater kayaking in Bryson City, NC! Whether you are a seasoned kayaker or new to the sport, this program has a sweet spot for everyone. Spend your days kayaking with the beloved guides at the Nantahala…

Eligibility: Any Healthcare Worker Applicant Nationwide
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