Here’s today’s dose of nature connection ideas! FLASH CONNECTION: Pet Rock Find a rock that fits perfectly in your pocket and feels great in your hand. Keep it in your pocket for the entire day or even for the week. Every time you put your hand in your pocket, let that be
Here’s today’s dose of nature connection ideas! FLASH CONNECTION: Meet a tree Find the closest tree to your home. Close your eyes and begin to feel all the parts of the tree, using your hands as your eyes to explore what the tree looks like from the smallest detail to the
Here’s today’s dose of nature connection ideas! FLASH CONNECTION: Birds Eye View Stand outside and close your eyes. Imagine yourself as a bird hovering above your home. What do you see? Imagine catching the thermal (hot air rising that lifts a bird- when you see a bird spi
Here’s today’s dose of nature connection ideas! FLASH CONNECTION: NATURE TABLE/Mesa de Naturaleza Create a small table or spot on the shelf for a nature table. Wander outside for 5 minutes and find something that you are curious about, or you like the way it looks, or is a
Here’s today’s dose of nature connection ideas! FLASH CONNECTION: Gaze at the wonder of the scene – This is a term naturalist, Joseph Cornell uses. Find a spot to sit and keep your eyes open but in a soft focus. Relax your jaw. Gaze all around and allow yourself to
Here’s today’s dose of nature connection ideas! FLASH CONNECTION: Directions – Go outside. Turn to the east (think about where you see the sun rise). Stand in that direction for a couple minutes with eyes open and then eyes closed. Turn to the South and do the same.
Here’s today’s dose of nature connection ideas! FLASH CONNECTION/Conexión Relámpago: A BUG’S LIFE/La Vida de un Bicho Follow them for as long as you can. Count the legs. Are there wings? Get down and as close as you can to them. Narrow your vision so you can’t really
Here’s today’s dose of nature connection ideas! FLASH CONNECTION/Conexión Relámpago: DISSECT A FLOWER/Disecte una flor Find a flower that is close to you and pick it apart. Peel back the layers and look at the intricacies of each part. What kind of pollinators is it trying
Here’s today’s dose of nature connection ideas! FLASH CONNECTION/Conexión Relámpago: Walk outside or open a window. What is the first bird sound you hear? What direction did the bird call come from? Try and imitate the call. May sound silly but it’s fun! Camine afue
Here’s today’s dose of nature connection ideas! FLASH CONNECTION/Conexión Relámpago: GROUND YOURSELF / Tu polo a tierra Lay down OUTSIDE. Yep – that’s it. It can be on earth or on the sidewalk. You can bring a blanket or not but get yourself all the way down to the e
"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
"...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
"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.
High School Teacher
"...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."