Our school year programs offer opportunities for the whole family. Your children will gain self-confidence, independence and a deeper sense of connection to the natural world and to their peers. You, parents, can learn new ways of communicating with your children and find new ways to enjoy the outdoors together as a family. You also can participate in programs designed for your family (Family Camp) or participate in our HORIZON Adult Series.
Here are five reasons to join WYP this school year. We invite you to find your own and chime in.
5 Reasons for your family to join WYP this school year
1. It’s fun & helps kids unwind after school
Nothing helps young ones decompress after a long school day like time out in the natural world with gifted mentors. Each week we explore resource rich locations such as the creeks, beaches, mountain trails, and open spaces in Santa Barbara’s abundant front country. Research has shown that time in nature improves a child’s cognitive flexibility, emotional stability, critical thinking, creativity, self-esteem, and self-discipline.
Our programs create connection with the natural world via:
• Safe, well-facilitated age-appropriate time in nature
• Individualized mentoring
• Exploration and Knowledge of Place
2. Our staff are highly experienced mentors
If you have the chance to talk to kids who have participated with WYP, you will likely hear them wax poetically about their adult mentors. WYP mentors bring many years of experience working in naturalist roles, social services, teaching, and mentoring. Our staff show dedication to life skills and mentoring with a nature-based approach. Perhaps most importantly, we know how to interact with young people in a respectful and meaningful way that reinforces their sense of adventure, play and self-worth. Meet our staff.
3. Your child will grow in life changing ways.
• Individual: self-confidence
• Interpersonal: respect for others and conflict resolution abilities
• Physical: competence and agility
• Environmental: respect for the natural world
Time in nature stimulates powers of observation, creativity, and a sense of peace. Research shows that spending time in nature dramatically reduces children’s propensity for violence, stress, and symptoms of ADD/ADHD.
“My boys have been participating in WYP since they were 4 and it has been a wonderful experience for them. Students experience nature with qualified, caring leaders, and a group of wonderfully inquisitive kids.” ~ Jill Holmes
“All four of our children have participated in WYP. The quality of teacher and educational experience has been incredible. Hands-on learning, in nature, among peers and skilled teachers has proven to be a wonderful part of my children’s school experience last year. I highly recommend WYP. My 8 ½ year old daughter is enrolled & she’s eager to have the fall term start.” ~Jill Baker
“My 8.5 year old son, Jesse, thoroughly loved WYP last academic year. It was SUCH a fantastic experience for him. Kind, thoughtful, responsive leadership, new friends, and excellent adventures I can’t provide for him with younger siblings in tow. They get wet, dirty, and come back flushed and happy! Worth every penny! If you are looking for an adventurous outdoor activity, give WYP a try for fall!”
5. It feels good to be a part of WYP!
Check out some of our videos to get more of a sense of who we are.
Join our HORIZON Adult Series (classes and lecture series) to deepen your own nature connection.
Register your kids today or give us a call 805-964-8096, email gro.pyw@rartsiger.
What are some reasons YOU are a part of WYP? Leave a comment with some of your unique reasons.