LIZARD’S MOUTH, a poem by Henry Manfredonia (WYP participant, age 13) Looking at all the rocks, which way do you go?You run up the rocksYou feel the roughness on your handsYou search for a shady spot to sitYou look up, you see the shadow of the lizard’s mouthThe lizard entreats you t
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
WYP is currently sending out summer camp offers to families on the waitlist as spots becomes available via cancellations. IF YOU RECEIVE AN EMAIL OFFER FROM SUMMER@WYP.ORG: To confirm and hold the offered spot, reply to the email or call the office 964-8096 within 48 hours. After that
"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
"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 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
"...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
"...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."