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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 get more information about HERO RECHARGE programs, please click the “Inquire about a Program” button below and fill out the inquiry form!

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Surfing | Outer Banks, NC – Healthcare Workers

May 15, 2022 - May 27, 2022

The Outer Banks of North Carolina is known for its warm waters, golden beaches, and consistent surf break. You'll spend four days honing your surfing skills with our longtime outfitter, Farmdog Surf School. After epic days spent catching waves, you’ll kick back at our gorgeous ocean-front house to relax, enjoy…

Eligibility: Healthcare Worker Participants, ages 18 - 45
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Kayaking | Smoky Mountains, NC – Healthcare Workers

May 29, 2022 - June 10, 2022

Nestled in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains, Bryson City offers some of the best whitewater kayaking in the American Southeast. With a rich history in the kayaking world and one of the greatest kayak learning centers in the country, this is an unbeatable place for your First Descents…

Eligibility: Healthcare Worker Participants, ages 18 - 45
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Kayaking | Hood River, OR – Healthcare Workers

June 12, 2022 - June 17, 2022

Located in the famous Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Wet Planet Outfitters have been guiding whitewater kayaking programs with us for years. You won’t be able to beat the intoxicating thrill of riding a whitewater kayak down glacial runoff pouring off of a 12,000-foot volcano so trust us when…

Eligibility: Healthcare Worker Participants, ages 18 - 45
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Kayaking | Missoula, MT – Healthcare Workers

June 20, 2022 - June 25, 2022

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

Eligibility: Healthcare Worker Participants, ages 18 - 45
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Kayaking | Buena Vista, CO – Healthcare Workers

June 26, 2022 - July 8, 2022

Home to the Arkansas River and towering Collegiate Peaks, Buena Vista is the perfect place to work on your kayaking skills, recharge in nature, and soak up the sunny summer days. The Arkansas River offers everything from scenic float trips to class III and IV whitewater adventures. Over the week,…

Eligibility: Healthcare Worker Participants, ages 18 - 45
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Kayaking | Rogue River, OR – Healthcare Workers

July 17, 2022 - July 29, 2022

The Rogue River starts its journey at Crater Lake and winds its way through 215 miles of Oregonian wilderness. The warm water, friendly rapids, and lush scenery make it the perfect kayaking playground for both beginners and experts alike. The Rogue is the perfect place to paddle your first strokes,…

Eligibility: Healthcare Worker Participants, ages 18 - 45
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