Dear community,

As Santa Barbara’s early fall brings a different kind of back-to-school routine, 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?


Through the generosity of Jane and Paul Orfalea and the Audacious Foundation, we have an incredible opportunity right now. Because they know how crucial it is for marginalized students to reconvene in person and outdoors, they’ve provided a generous $100,000 grant for Bridge to Nature AND they’ve offered a challenge specifically for you:

Every dollar  you give now will be matched, up to $50,000.

I know you will help if you can.

If you’re in a position to help Wilderness Youth Project build a Bridge to Nature for this school year, click here. Every single dollar counts.

Read the story.

We still need to raise $132,963 to build a Bridge to Nature for 353 kids this school year, and  we are looking to you for help.  

But we can’t do that without you.

Nature is what kids need 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.


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