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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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Kayaking | Surfing | Santa Barbara, CA – Healthcare Workers

November 5, 2021 - November 7, 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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Ice Climbing | Ouray, Colorado – Healthcare Workers

January 1, 2022 - March 31, 2022

Dates pending! If you’re interested in this program, fill out an inquiry or shoot us an email so we can add you to the list of folks to reach out to when we select dates. World-class climbing terrain and exquisite views of the San Juan Mountains have led locals to…

Eligibility: Open to Young Adult Healthcare Workers
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