Here’s today’s dose of nature connection ideas! Flash connection: Hear the Music Nature is constantly making music from bird songs, to leaves and wind. Open a window or go outside and listen to the symphony nature makes. Sometimes it is a challenge to allow the sounds of n
Here’s today’s dose of nature connection ideas! Flash connection: Sour Grass It’s springtime and these beautiful yellow flowers with their green three-leaved clovers pop up everywhere! Can you see any out your window or on your way to the mailbox? Determine where sourgrass
Here’s today’s dose of nature connection ideas! Flash connection: Find a Nook Find a tree or plant that has a nook you can sit in or lean up against. Allow it to support part or all of your weight. Remind yourself that we humans breathe out exactly what a tree needs to bre
Here’s today’s dose of nature connection ideas! Flash connection: Write a Haiku Poem Haikus are a style of Japanese poetry only three sentences long. They are traditionally seasonal and use qualities from nature but they can be about whatever you want. The first line is 5
Here’s today’s dose of nature connection ideas! Flash connection: Move Like an Animal Let your body become different animals and move the way they would move. Think about an ant, a hummingbird, a heron, a weasel, a badger or a cougar. What kind of adaptations does your bod
Here’s today’s dose of nature connection ideas! Flash connection: Take a Picture Walk towards anything in your yard or out a window and stop when you get close. Close your eyes and do a 3,2,1 countdown and then open your eyes for just 1 second, then close them again. Cont
Here’s today’s dose of nature connection ideas! Flash connection: Trigger and release Find somewhere you can hear sounds of nature. This can be inside but open a window or sit in your yard. Listen for a minute while being still. Now strongly tense one part of your body. Wh
Here’s today’s dose of nature connection ideas! Flash connection: Read a Poem Aloud Find a poem you love and read it aloud outside to the world around you. As you are reading, give your attention to individual trees, clouds, plants, worms, and insects and stars. Read with
Here’s today’s dose of nature connection ideas! Flash connection: Night Gaze Wait until after dark and go outside at night time. The night is home to different animals and insects. Many plants close, the stars and moon are out and nocturnal birds can be heard. Walk around
Here’s today’s dose of nature connection ideas! Flash connection: Dizzy Lizzy Go outside and spin around in one direction 15-20 times or until you can no longer stand up. Fall Fall Fall down to the ground and lay on your back for at least 10 minutes as you watch the world
"In my entire life, I have never seen such dedication, kindness, and unconditional love from these human beings [Wilderness Youth Project Staff]. My son has grown so much in the areas of responsibility, compassion, respect and discipline in these short weeks. This experience through the "WYP" program has been life-changing to say the least.
Parents of a 6 year-old
"...he not only had the time of his life, but he experienced so many new wonderful things, and learned so much more about nature and indigenous cultures. Something else seems to have "affected" him (don't know another word to use) - he absorbed values that are inherent in such good people as yourselves, and that, as you know, is priceless.
Mother of a Teenager
"He came back glowing and for the next several days told us some of his experiences... he said he never even thought of TV. He commented many times how the worries of life drop away and just him, the wind, and the water are THERE. It was good to be in a group that cares and listens and is REAL."
Mother of a TV Watcher
"...one young boy, seen at CALM because of abuse, reported that he had had a wonderful time at the Project. When this statement was explored by his therapist, it became clear that this isolated and depressed child had been able to form ties with peers, get along in a group, and actually enjoy himself. This is the best possible outcome we could have ever hoped for. Thank you for the work you do."
CALM - Child Abuse Listening & Mediation
"He voluntarily went on a night hike without either of us. He often approached the counselors to ask for what he needed without coaching or coaxing. He climbed rocks fearlessly and swam in a river with us for the first time. He spoke at the circle and participated in almost every activity. He went for hikes without us, played with the counselors, and other children, and shared his knowledge and curiosity with them as well. He laughed a great deal. The program is phenomenal!"
Mother of an introverted child
"The outstanding staff at the Wilderness Youth Project have been able to connect with our students and provide meaningful learning experiences. The Wilderness Youth Project is a very important part of our program here at La Cuesta. Our students look forward to meeting with them every week. It is my personal opinion that this program should be a part of the regular curriculum at every high school.