Michelle Howard

Covid-19 Protocols

COVID-19 Precautions and Protocols Ver en español WILDERNESS YOUTH PROJECT SCHOOL YEAR PROGRAMS 2021-2022 Updated 2/17/22 Dear WYP Families, We have created the following COVID-19 protocols in conjunction with Santa Barbara County Health officials and CDC guidelines.  Please note that THESE GUIDELINES ARE LIKELY TO CHANGE THROUGHOUT THE SCHOOL YEAR. We will continue to update …

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Wilderness Youth Project Participants

Outdoor Equity Funding & Community Input

Outdoor Equity Funding & Community Input Needed Click Here to read a more recent update Have you heard about the new California State Parks outdoor equity grant?   WYP and many community partners are excited that California has passed legislation to fund outdoor equity. “California is home to over 280 State Parks and millions of acres …

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The Sea League

The Sea League

The Sea League The Sea League is a fiscally sponsored program of Wilderness Youth Project. Thank you for your support! BECAUSE: OCEAN SPORTS BUILD CULTURE AROUND AN ECOSYSTEM. The Sea League believes that by teamifying ocean sports we can create opportunities for youth of all ethnicities and economic backgrounds to lead a regenerative lifestyle with …

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Humboldt Lily

Celebrating Latino Conservation Week & Outdoor Equity

Across the country and here on the Central Coast, Latino Conservation Week takes place July 17-25. Latino Conservation Week (LCW) is an initiative of Hispanic Access Foundation (HAF). It was created to support the Latinx community in getting into the outdoors and participating in activities to protect our natural resources and includes events throughout the …

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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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Get kids into nature this summer!

Our community’s kids desperately need the chance to go outside and play, heal and learn. This is the first week of our biggest summer ever. 732 spots for kids to get outdoors, to run, jump, play, learn, and connect. This is YOUR chance to help your community’s kids heal. This summer and the coming school year …

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Volunteer at WYP

Volunteer with WYP! WYP offers volunteer opportunities all year long.  Volunteer Julia shares how she benefited: “Volunteering with WYP really refreshed my perspective on life. Spending time in nature and seeing things through the eyes of children and playing and exploring alongside them left me energized and de-stressed. I enjoyed the child-centered approach of WYP, …

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Tony Mendesh

Tony Mendesh Memorial Fund

Donating to the WYP Scholarship Fund in honor of Tony Mendesh This page is in remembrance of a man who left this beautiful earth too early. Tony embodied the spirit of nature. He lived to experience life fully with refinement and simplicity. He was a man of principle and purpose. Filtering out the unnecessary while …

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Read WYP’s History

Once upon a time (on April 12, 1997), a group of youth from Transition House went on a kayak adventure in the Santa Barbara Harbor.  Warren Brush and Cynthia Harvan started an adventure club to get kids out of the shelter and into nature, where together they would find adventure, learning and connection. Vans from …

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A Day at WYP

Program Descriptions: WYP School Year Chickadees & Wooly Bears Towhees  Bluebirds Herons & Scrub Jays Tiburones Mockingbirds The purpose of Wilderness Youth Project (WYP) is to mentor children through the process of developing deep, long-lasting, positive relationships with the natural world. Despite the seeming simplicity of this goal, a tremendous amount of thought and practice …

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