Dear community,

As we all learn to adapt to the new reality around COVID-19, 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.

As we face a significant loss of income, we are looking to you for help to meet Wilderness Youth Project’s basic needs and to sustain our team. With all the closures, nature is still open, and we want to keep working to provide 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.

Some people have reached out already to say “We have your back. We want to make sure Wilderness Youth Project survives during this difficult time.” This means the world to us. If you are in a position to help, please know that it will have a big impact on saving our staff. If you are receiving this email, you know it is the incredible Wilderness Youth Project staff that confer so many benefits to the lives of children. Want to know more about how we are teaming up with nature to keep families well? Need to know how Wilderness Youth Project can support your family? Click here

We need $432,000 to flatten the curve of furloughs so that we’ll still have staff to provide nature connection after this crisis is over. I know you will help if you can.

Thanks to incredible donors like you, we have already raised $215,000, leaving $217,000 to raise. If you’re in a position to help Wilderness Youth Project stay afloat, click here. Every single dollar counts.

You are critical to our survival right now.

 

How Wilderness Youth Project and nature are teaming up 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

Very soon, we’ll be rolling out a new online learning program to help you and your children deepen your nature connection during this time.  If you have ideas or requests, a need you think your WYP family can help fulfill, or you just want to be first in line to try out this new program, reach out here.

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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