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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 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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Healthcare Workers

Kayaking | Rafting | Pacific Northwest Region, HCW

June 4, 2021 - June 14, 2021

Connect with fellow healthcare workers while you learn new whitewater skills with the trusted guides at Wet Planet! On this weekend adventure, you'll explore the beautiful White Salmon River by raft one day and kayak down the Klickitat the next. Downtime will be spent at the beautiful Society Hotel! This…

Eligibility: Open to Pacific Northwest Region - Healthcare Workers
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Healthcare Workers

Rock Climbing | Mountain West Region, HCW

June 22, 2021 - June 27, 2021

Join your fellow healthcare workers for a weekend of fun, connection, and challenge as we head to Rocky Mountain National Park for some rock climbing with our friends at Colorado Mountain School! You'll get to enjoy two days of rock climbing instruction and epic climbs with your First Descents community.…

Eligibility: Open to Mountain West Region- Healthcare Workers
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Healthcare Workers

Rock Climbing | Northeast Region, HCW

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: Open to Northeast Region- Healthcare Workers
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Healthcare Workers

Rock Climbing | Midwest Region, HCW

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: Open to Midwest Region - Healthcare Workers
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Healthcare Workers

Kayaking | Surfing | California Region, HCW

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: Open to West Coast Region- Healthcare Workers
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Healthcare Workers

Kayaking | Mountain West Region, HCW

June 21, 2021 - June 26, 2021

The Blackfoot River winds its way through the heart of western Montana. The Blackfoot provides some of the best stretches of water to learn how to whitewater kayak in the country! Get immersed in the beauty of Montana and experience the magic of First Descents all while kayaking with some…

Eligibility: Open to Mountain West Region- Healthcare Workers
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