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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 and partnering for all 25 years. We’ve had after-school programs, weekend campouts, and leadership outings. Last month, teens from SBPAL’s Youth Leadership Council […]

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Updated Program Availability

Updated Program Availability Schedules & Current Availability Summer 2024 Schedule Register Now 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

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Celebrating 25 Years

Wilderness Youth Project Turns 25 This Year! Sponsorship Deck + Options Sponsorship form online 25th Anniversary Community Celebration This all-ages festival will be open to the public and bring together over 300 community partners and supporters to celebrate 25 years of Wilderness Youth Project. Event Information Date: Saturday, October 5th, 2024 Time: 12:00 – 4:00

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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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The Sea League

Spotlight: TSL Sea Lion Camp 2023

Spotlight: The Sea League’s Sea Lion Camp 2023 By: Rachel Zook-Brimer + Erika Lindemann The Sea League (TSL) is a fiscally sponsored program of Wilderness Youth Project. TSL Sea Lion Camp June 26-30, 2023 Long days soaking wet, with salty hair in the fresh air. A day hanging over the bow of a big boat

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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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Group of children sitting in a circle near a large tree

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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