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Updated Program Availability

Updated Program Availability Schedules & Current Availability When we have spaces available, we will post more information here. Even though many programs are full due to returning prior participants, we encourage you to add your name to the waitlist. Read the blog to learn about how registration and waitlisting works at WYP. Winter 2023 Schedule Register …

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Storyteller Nature Play Day

Storyteller Nature Play Day WYP + Storyteller Wilderness Youth Project and Storyteller Children’s Center have partnered for many years. Storyteller is a Santa Barbara based therapeutic preschool providing high-quality early childhood education for children facing adverse challenges in Santa Barbara County and comprehensive support services for their families. Through WYP’s Bridge to Nature program, WYP …

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A peek into Woolly Bear land

A peek into Woolly Bear land Our Woolly Bears preschool program is special because it brings a group of children together in the same location, multiple days per week. Your child has the opportunity to continue a project or theme of play that they started the day before in a seamless manner. There is a …

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The Heart of WYP

The Heart of WYP: A Community Zine Read Zine Now Dear WYP Community, At Wilderness Youth Project, we encourage gratitude in every facet of our work, whether it’s in a circle of kids on program or in our staff meetings. Giving thanks has become as natural to us as the rocky sandstone of the Santa …

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WYP Welcomes New Board Members

WYP Welcomes New Board Members Wilderness Youth Project (WYP), the leading nature connection organization in Santa Barbara County, is proud to announce the addition of Devon Azzam and Teresa Romero as Board Trustees.  With the addition of these two respected leaders, WYP is responding to our community’s increasing recognition that all children need nature.  Their …

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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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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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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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