Here’s today’s dose of nature connection ideas! Flash connection: Share some Water or Tea You’re thirsty and so is your plant! Fill up a tall glass of water and go sit beside an indoor or outdoor plant. You take a sip, give your plant a sip, you take a sip, give your plant
Here’s today’s dose of nature connection ideas! Flash connection: Feel the wind Walk towards an open area outside your home. Feel from which direction the wind is coming from. You can close your eyes and feel it on your face. Lick your finger and feel which side gets cold.
Here’s today’s dose of nature connection ideas! Flash connection: Breath Step outside. Inhale deeply for at least a four count. Hold it and then inhale for two counts more. Exhale powerfully and let it all go. Do this inhale/exhale at least five times. Feel the clean air
Here’s today’s dose of nature connection ideas! Flash connection: Zoom In Get up close to a one foot by one foot zone. This can be on the ground or on a tree or in a garden. Soften your eyes within this small space and see the whole picture and the details. Try to stay in
Here’s today’s dose of nature connection ideas! Flash connection: Skip Skip down to the corner of your house, looking all around in every direction. Then walk back as slow as you possibly can, noticing every little nook and crevice of nature that you can. Let the colors po
Here’s today’s dose of nature connection ideas! Flash connection: Draw a Cloud Look out the window or step out to your front door and spend five minutes drawing a cloud. How does it change throughout the time you spend drawing it? Can you show its movement in your art? Ad
Here’s today’s dose of nature connection ideas! FLASH CONNECTION: Watch a sunrise/ sunset Set an alarm to get up early for sunrise or walk outside for sunset. Look towards the east or west and simply be silent while the earth rotates enough for the sun to appear or disappe
Here’s today’s dose of nature connection ideas! FLASH CONNECTION: Smell the earth Sink your hands into some soil and scoop up the earth. Bring it to your nose and inhale deeply. Let it fall through your fingers. Do it three times and see if the scent changes each time. If
Here’s today’s dose of nature connection ideas! FLASH CONNECTION: Bird Call Can you start to identify birds by their song? Pick an easy one to start with like a crow and see if you can watch the bird making the call. Eventually close your eyes and try to hear the call with
Here’s today’s dose of nature connection ideas! FLASH CONNECTION: Earth Vibrations Since human activity has lessened, seismologists have discovered that the earth’s vibrations have too. Try treading a little lighter today by running your necessary errand on bike or f
"...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 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
"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
"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
"...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
"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.