Dear community,

As Santa Barbara spring brings birdsong and blooms to lift our hearts in this time, we hope you are adapting as well as possible, have your basic needs met, and are able to connect with nature as a source of wellness.

Wilderness Youth Project is still here, working tirelessly to deliver our mission of smarter, healthier, happier children and families through nature connection, but we can’t do it without you. We’re writing today to ask: 

Can you make a donation today to sustain Wilderness Youth Project?


We need $432,000 to flatten the curve of furloughs so that we’ll still have staff and still be providing nature connection after this crisis is over. Thanks to incredible donors like you, we have already raised $290,656 leaving $156,254 to raise.

I know you will help if you can.

If you’re in a position to help Wilderness Youth Project stay afloat for the kids who need us year-round, click here. Every single dollar counts.

As we face a significant loss of income, we are looking to you for help. With all the closures, nature is still open, and we are committed to providing inspiration, tools and mentoring for nature connection digitally for as long as necessary. And most importantly, we need to be ready to get groups of kids back outside just as soon as it’s safe to do so.

But we can’t do that without you.

You are critical to our survival right now.


How Wilderness Youth Project is bringing nature to help families right now:

“Delving into completely new research, author Florence Williams uncovers the powers of the natural world to improve health, promote reflection and innovation, and ultimately strengthen our relationships. As our modern lives shift dramatically indoors, these ideas—and the answers they yield—are more urgent than ever.”

Wow. That quote about Williams’ book The Nature Fix was written long before the pandemic, but the research is clear: nature makes us happier and healthier. For children and adults, time in nature can be an antidote to the stress caused by social distancing and staying at home, and can preserve our physical and mental wellness.

Have you seen our Daily Dose of Nature Connection? Sign up here

Nature Link is online! We never thought we’d say this, but now you can participate in WYP programs virtually.

Learn more or sign up here.

“Thank you for doing this! What a light in these times. We are amazed at your flexibility and ability to pivot.  The WYP program is irreplaceable and should be a piece of every person’s childhood. And right now, with school closed, Wilderness Youth Project’s daily dose of nature helps me keep up with those essential experiences for my family.  I look forward to the nature connection support from WYP throughout my week to nurture my children in their love for the outdoors and exploration”  Autumn (mom) 

You have been our rainbow in stormy times. Many of you have sent in pictures of your family’s nature connection activities, like this one below. Please stay in touch!

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