Michelle Howard

Covid-19 Protocols

COVID-19 Precautions and Protocols Ver en español WILDERNESS YOUTH PROJECT SCHOOL YEAR PROGRAMS – 2023/2024 Updated 1/19/2024 Dear WYP Families, We are working to keep staff and participants on our program healthy and ready for adventuring. The most helpful thing we can all do is to stay home when we are not feeling well and […]

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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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Rose Garden Meeting Location Change

At Wilderness Youth Project, we are grateful for the opportunity to bring kids outside. For 18 years WYP has been meeting at the Rose Garden near the Santa Barbara Mission.  When WYP first began meeting at the Rose Garden, we chose the spot because it is a central and accessible Santa Barbara location.  As many

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planting trees

Endowment and Planned Giving

Why an endowment? Kids need nature today.  The reasons kids need nature aren’t going away.  That means WYP, too, needs to be here to stay. “By establishing an endowment, a nonprofit may send a signal to the community and donors that the organization is thinking long-term and building assets for its own future sustainability.” –The

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kids on top of log

2022 in Review

The King Tides around new years remind us of the high water marks of the past year, and they invite us to reflect on the low times. We hope we treat low times like tide pools- worthy of investigating, possibly holding treasures. Here are some reflections on the past year for Wilderness Youth Project: High

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The Secrets to “The Best Day” at WYP

The Secrets to “The Best Day” at WYP After a week of summer camp, I asked my granddaughter, “Which was the best day?” she instantly replied “All of them.” – Grandparent of WYP summer camp participant  Practice makes perfect. At least, that’s what I always told my kids, whether we were talking about math facts

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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. Donate Now Goodbye screen time We treat the ocean like an outdoor classroom where surfing, swimming, kayaking, SUPing, and free-diving create culture around an ecosystem. We build real-life relationships that last a lifetime. Hello citizen scientists We’re not just trying

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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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