Lauren Winnewisser

WYP x SBPAL

Wilderness Youth Project + SB Police Activities League WYP x SBPAL: Celebrating 25 years of partnership Wilderness Youth Project and SBPAL (Santa Barbara Police Activities League) have both been around since 1999. We’ve been working together for all 25 years, sharing after-school programs, weekend campouts, and leadership outings. This month, teens from SBPAL’s Youth Leadership […]

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Celebrating 25 Years

Wilderness Youth Project Turns 25 This Year! Sponsorship Deck + Options Sponsorship form online Save the Date! 25th Anniversary Community Celebration Saturday, October 5 at SBCC’s Great Meadow This all-ages festival will be open to the public and bring together over 300 community partners and supporters together to celebrate 25 years of Wilderness Youth Project.

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NatureTrack field trip – hiking and exploring Birabent Canyon Trail in the Santa Ynez Valley. Photo Credit: John Evarts

A Win for Equitable Park Access

A Win for Equitable Park Access NatureTrack and Wilderness Youth Project Receive Nearly $400,000 through California Natural Resources Agency Grant Read the article in The Santa Barbara Independent In a significant stride toward fostering equitable access to parks and nature, NatureTrack and Wilderness Youth Project have been awarded grants totaling nearly $400,000 through the California

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Give the best day ever

Give the best day ever Donate Today We’ve heard that sharing a story is the shortest distance between two people, so we are hoping this story makes you feel close to the work of Wilderness Youth Project. Imagine this You’re sitting in your fourth-grade classroom when your Wilderness Youth Project mentors Mario, Andrew, and Amanda

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Summer Camp

Inside Green Careers

Inside Green Careers Conversation with Graciela Cabello, Wilderness Youth Project Board Member & Los Padres Forest Director of Youth & Community Engagement Author: Dr. Xochitl Clare, Wilderness Youth Project As an early career Afro-Latina marine biologist simultaneously entering and mentoring BIPOC individuals in green careers, I find it essential to look to our community leaders

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kids on top of log

Unlocking Health and Happiness Through Outdoor Mentoring

Unlocking Health and Happiness Through Outdoor Mentoring: The Power of ACEs Prevention Inside-Out Conference by Children & Nature Network In June 2023, the Children & Nature Network organized the Inside-Out Conference, which was held in Estes Park, Colorado. SImilar to Wilderness Youth Project, the Children & Nature Network believe that, “when children spend time outdoors,

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Beyond Access with Xochitl Clare

Beyond Access with Xochitl Clare Welcome, Dra. Xochitl Clare!  Wilderness Youth Project is excited to welcome Dra. Xochitl Clare to the team this summer. Xochitl is serving as an Interim Family & Community Engagement Coordinator, She will work with our program families and sister organizations in expanding WYP’s ability to host nature outreach events. READ

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Imagine for yourself

Imagine for Yourself Donate Today Imagine this …it’s your first ever visit to the Carpinteria Bluffs.  The January rains mean the grass is tall. So tall, you realize, that when Miranda flops down flat on her back, you can’t see her, even though she’s just a few feet away from you! Soon, all fourteen of

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Saving for a Rainy Day

Saving for a Rainy Day Do you have any favorite rainy day memories with your kids? Or does your kid have a favorite memory from a rainy WYP day (where you got to stay dry while WYP staff took care of the wet part)? “I send my kid out in his favorite dragon rain jacket

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Donor Spotlight: The Coastal Fund

Donor Spotlight: The Coastal Fund At Wilderness Youth Project, we have become deeply connected to our coastal ecosystems at places like Gaviota, Haskell’s Beach, Ellwood, Campus Point, and many more beaches from Goleta to Carpinteria. Witnessing many of our participants explore our local coast for the first time in their lives, we understand the power

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