Celebrating 25 Years

Wilderness Youth Project Turns 25 This Year!

25th Anniversary Community Celebration

This all-ages festival will be open to the public and bring together over 300 community partners and supporters to celebrate 25 years of Wilderness Youth Project.

Event Information

  • Date: Saturday, October 5th, 2024
  • Time: 12:00 - 4:00 p.m.
  • Location: Santa Barbara City College’s Great Meadow: 721 Cliff Drive Santa Barbara, CA 93109 (West Campus)
    Driving Directions Here

Ticket Information

Ticket options will be available soon. Tickets are required for entry and can be purchased on a sliding scale thanks to the generous support of our sponsors. We aim to make this event accessible to everyone, so choose the ticket price that best fits your budget. Secure your tickets in advance and join us for a day of play!

Food and Drink

Get ready to treat your taste buds! Nimita's Cuisine and El Pastorcito Tacos will be serving up delicious food for purchase, making sure you won't go hungry. Plus, don't miss out on the delightful free soup from Organic Soup Kitchen available for all our guests!

Need a caffeine fix? Swing by the Considered Coffee VW bus for all your favorite coffee drinks. And don’t forget to stay hydrated! Bring your refillable water bottle and fill up at the water station provided by Culligan Water.

You can also bring in your own foods and beverages if you would prefer. 

Activities & Crafts

Get ready for a day of outdoor fun and creativity! Join Wilderness Youth Project staff and volunteers for crafts, games, storytelling, and other nature-based projects and skills.

Our friends at NatureTrack, Quail Springs, Santa Barbara Library, Wildlife Care Network, and Yes Yes Nursery will also be offering activities and crafts.

Guests of all ages will find something to enjoy. All activities are included at no additional charge. 

Live Entertainment

In between all the fun activities and delicious food, we’ve lined up fantastic live performances. Enjoy the soulful acoustic set by Mario Mendez and Mariangelica Duque, then rock out with the Wilderness Youth Project Staff’s full band featuring Mario Mendez and Alex Campos. Plus, don’t miss the dazzling dance performances and captivating storytelling on the main stage.


As this is an outdoor, family-friendly festival, we encourage you to dress comfortably! Think casual and weather-appropriate and don't forget your hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen for sun protection.

Get Involved

You can join the celebration as an anniversary year sponsor and join a caring and visionary group of local businesses and philanthropists who invest in education, conservation, and corporate responsibility.

You can also join us on a volunteer committee, make a donation, or come to one of our family-friendly community events that will be announced throughout the year.

To learn more or share a great story in honor of the anniversary, email us at qrirybczrag@jlc.bet.

Thank you to our 25th anniversary sponsors 

Walter J. and Holly O. Thomson Foundation

Yardi Systems

Peter Schuyler and Lisa Stratton

CrossHatch Winery
Deckers Outdoor Corporation

Albert and Barbara Lindemann
Montecito Bank & Trust
Steve Harding and Chelsea Swanson

Eji Event Co.
The Kappel and Palmer Family
Stacy and Ron Pulice

The Azzam Family
Considered Coffee
Cottage Health
Kathy Ambrette
Rachel Solomon
Santa Barbara Adventure Co.

&  thanks to our 25th anniversary committee

Amy Schneider
Arno Jaffe
Brook Eiler
Carrie Kappel
Celia Hernandez
Chris Ragland
Eve Sommer-Belin
Geordie Scully
Kristen Sullivan
Pamme Mickelson
Sarah Sheshunoff
Siouxsie Jennet,
Tamara Murray
Teresa Romero

& thanks WYP's 2024 board of directors

April Price
Amy Schneider
Brook Eiler
Carrie Kappel
Chris Ragland
Devon Azzam
Graciela Cabello
Kristen Sullivan
Laura Russell
Marlen Limón
Teresa Romero

Wilderness Youth Project's Epic Journey

Once upon a time in 1997, Warren and Cyndi took teens from Transition House on a kayaking adventure that turned into an epic journey into the Wilderness Youth Project we know and love today, connecting 1,200+ kids each year to nature.  

What did Warren and Cyndi notice that day?

They noticed that young people feel alive in nature and that they thrive with positive mentors. 

They noticed that spending an average of 7.5 hours a day with screens wasn’t helping young people grow smarter, healthier, happier, or more likely to care for the Earth.

WYP Turns 25 This Year!

For 25 years, the Santa Barbara community has welcomed Wilderness Youth Project by sharing the land, your children, your volunteer hours, and your donations.

In 2024 we’ll celebrate with gratitude and set the stage for another 25 years of service to our community.