Lauren Winnewisser

The Gift of Time in Nature

The Gift of Time in Nature Donate Today The foggy marine layer is rolling in and out most days while the Tipu and Gold Medallion trees counter the gloom with bright yellow flowers. The local streets and parks are lined with nature’s confetti, soft purple Jacarandas flowers. Out your own window, on your own walks, …

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Building a Bridge to Nature

Building a Bridge to Nature A Hesitant Participant His first time coming to program, Mateo* stood stiffly and quietly beneath the blossom tree in front of the El Centro community center, a partner in WYP’s Bridge to Nature program. Sky blue eyes turned down to the leaf-covered grass, he looked like he wanted to be …

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Donate To WYP, and Jack Johnson Will Double It

Donate To WYP, and Jack Johnson Will Double It Donate Now Wilderness Youth Project (WYP) is teaming up with musician and environmentalist Jack Johnson on his 2022 Summer Tour as an All At Once Non-Profit Partner!  Double Your Donation & Win Tickets As part of Jack Johnson’s 2022 concert tour, the Johnson Ohana Charitable Foundation …

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Explore the Coast

Explore the Coast The Coastal Conservancy funds Bridge to Nature “California’s ocean, coast, and beaches are spaces of joy, relaxation, and healing. The ability to experience the coast without fear of financial cost, physical barriers or feelings of not belonging, is crucial to how people cultivate their own lifelong connections with the coast.” -The State …

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Smarter, Happier, Healthier

Smarter, Happier, Healthier: Connecting with Your Inner Child By: Julia Barrera, WYP Intern It was a cool Wednesday afternoon and the campus of UCSB was filled with golden light as the sun gave way to dusk. My white Filas crunched on the gravel path along the lagoon behind the university center. It was my first …

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Kittyhawk Takes Flight

Kittyhawk Takes Flight: Finding Gratitude in the Clouds By: Julia Barerra, WYP Intern Amid the rocky sandstone of White Mountain, just north of downtown Santa Barbara, Kittyhawk was poised to grow wings. There was no better day to take to the sky. Across the scenic, azure backdrop of the California horizon were thick cumulus clouds, …

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Green frog on a child's hand

Jason the Treefrog

Jason the Treefrog By: Julia Barerra, WYP Intern Every Tuesday, the Treefrogs come out to play in Santa Barbara. Not real tree frogs, but the WYP kind, inquisitive and rambunctious K-2nd graders ready to take on the American Riviera. Departing from the beautiful Rose Garden, they traverse the canyons, mountains, and beaches of Goleta, eager …

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Why Families Choose WYP

Why Families Choose WYP Are you ready for summer camp with Wilderness Youth Project? Ready to want to stay all day at the river, to jump from stone to stone and see the ocean in the distance, and above all, to share memories and make friends this summer? We already feel the sand under our …

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Program Registration

Everything you ever wanted to know about how registration works at WYP

All about how program registration works Two values that inform our registration: All children need nature. And yet many kids lack access to the outdoors. That’s why WYP connects kids from all backgrounds to Santa Barbara’s natural beauty. Our goal is to mirror the demographics* of our service area from Goleta to Carpinteria. WYP believes …

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Thank you, Dr. Burke-Harris!

Thank you, Dr. Burke-Harris Dear Dr. Nadine Burke-Harris, Since Wilderness Youth Project began back in 1999, we’ve seen firsthand the importance of connecting children with experiences that support health and happiness. Over the years, we’ve found many other community members and leaders who worked tirelessly to make sure that kids get what they need.   When …

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