Erika Lindemann

The Sea League

Spotlight: TSL Sea Lion Camp 2023

Spotlight: The Sea League’s Sea Lion Camp 2023 By: Rachel Zook-Brimer + Erika Lindemann The Sea League (TSL) is a fiscally sponsored program of Wilderness Youth Project. TSL Sea Lion Camp June 26-30, 2023 Long days soaking wet, with salty hair in the fresh air. A day hanging over the bow of a big boat […]

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Adelante & McKinley Youth Campout at Quail Springs Permaculture

Adelante & McKinley Youth Campout at Quail Springs Permaculture Water in the desert, goat walks, sleeping under the stars: camping helps young people release stress, experience happiness, and feel more alive. Each May, WIlderness Youth Project invites youth participating in our Bridge to Nature subsidized programs to join a camping trip. This year, we combined

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Lizard’s Mouth

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 rocks You feel the roughness on your hands You search for a shady spot to sit You look up, you see the shadow of the lizard’s mouth The lizard entreats

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Why Nature Connection Matters

Why Nature Connection Matters The late Yale Ecologist Dr. Stephen Kellert concluded that “findings in health care, education, work, recreation and community indicate that contact with nature is vital to child development.” Nature, Kellert’s research demonstrated, teaches children to cope and problem-solve. Hear a story Put Simply… Nature connection is the idea that human beings

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Afterschool: Tunnel Adventures

Along the Gaviota coast there is a tunnel. Passing under the railroad tracks at a 30 degree angle, it exits along a seawall on a secluded beach. At high tide, waves batter the wall and powerfully reflect, converging with incoming waves to create 15 foot high pillars and sheets of spray. For an adventuresome group

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