Nature connection makes life better for kids.

All children need nature.

Nature connection makes life better for kids. Time in nature makes kids happier, healthier, and smarter. Wilderness Youth Project connects kids to nature in small groups guided by inspired, skilled, and committed mentors and volunteers.

Play, learn, and grow in Santa Barbara’s natural beauty.

Notes from the field

"We appreciate everything WYP has done for our own children, as well as the community at large. The WYP staff are unmatched in their professionalism, expertise, outdoor safety skills, and genuine understanding of how to authentically open up the world of nature to children of all ages."

Bridget Lewin

UCSB Instructor

“We have witnessed a significant transformation in our daughter since she joined WYP. Her confidence has boosted, her listening skills improved, her love and connection for the earth and for her teachers and friends have blossomed.”

Happy Parent of a Preschool-Age Participant

“This is so...beautiful. I had no idea this kind of place even existed here. It’s where we live. I can’t believe I spend so much time with my friends just in our rooms, on our phones, sad. We just look at our phones and feel bad about ourselves. We could be here- outside- looking at this instead!”

Grateful Middle School Student on her First Outing to Red Rock

“WYP has been a place of respite and solace for our child, a place to regain a sense of self and connect him once again to the beauty and invaluable lessons of the natural world. The talented and well- trained staff have expertly utilized their skills to help our child build social bridges and confidence in challenging social situations - experiences and relationships that have been a salve on a wounded heart. ”

Appreciative Parent of a 6 Year Old Participant


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Find Your Place at WYP

Find your place at WYP.

Nature connection. It’s a simple but powerful concept. While it may feel like nature is all around us, many kids lack access to the outdoors. WYP connects kids from all backgrounds to Santa Barbara’s natural beauty. Wilderness Youth Project equips students with self-confidence, problem-solving abilities and skills to work with others. Learn more about our programs and stay up to date with all things WYP!