Connecting children and nature

Volunteer or Work With WYP

Volunteer and staff mentors are the heart of WYP

WYP participants are happier, healthier and smarter, feel a sustained connection to nature, and are peaceful, self-aware community members.

That's because WYP mentors (staff and volunteers) lead and follow, supporting the child-centered experiences we offer. 

WYP programs are possible because of volunteers.  We'd love for you to consider joining our team of volunteers!

Wilderness Youth Project Mentor & Participant

Work With WYP

We do not currently have any job openings. If you would like to send us your resume for review or request more information, please email us at

Work With REACH

Open Position: REACH Academic Programs Manager

The REACH Academics Program Manager is responsible for sourcing, developing, and implementing the academic programs for REACH, instructing service learning and life skills programs, coordinating student outreach and engagement, and supporting the general operation of REACH’s academic programs. Working with a small team of two others (Program Director and Expeditions Program Manager), the Academics Program Manager implements programming goals and supports and tracks REACH Fellows. The position is based in downtown Santa Barbara, California and travels throughout Santa Barbara county.

REACH is a fiscally sponsored program of Wilderness Youth Project.

Not what you're looking for? Please consider becoming a volunteer or reaching out to us at to introduce yourself.

We are deeply committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

All children need nature. Not just the ones whose families have privilege and easy access to nature. Not only those of a certain race or economic class or culture or gender or sexual identity or language or set of abilities. Every child and every family.

WYP is committed to learning and growing our ability to live the principles of diversity, equity, inclusion and justice.

WYP is committed to granting equal employment opportunity to all qualified persons. Affirmative action considerations will be used in the selection process.