Pricing & Scholarships

WYP is for everyone!

Wilderness Youth Project offers a wide range of pricing options to meet your family’s financial needs.

Thanks to the generosity of community members and supporters, we can offer scholarships and subsidized programs to families needing financial assistance.  You'll see these financial aid options presented as you register for programs.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us at or 805-964-8096 for more information.


How Pricing Works

Program Fees

WYP charges the actual cost of the programs (staff compensation + program expenses). You can find the program fees on the current master schedule on each program's webpage (school yearsummer programs) or on the registration website. Scholarships are available based on financial need for WYP school year and summer programs.

WYP also offers Bridge to Nature subsidized programs at no cost to participants at a variety of low-income schools and partner organization sites.

Scholarships Available

Scholarship Amounts:  For families that would like financial assistance, scholarship amounts are automatically calculated in our registration system based on the income/family size information you provide during registration. The amount is based on the Scholarship Eligibility by Income chart below.

Scholarship Limits: WYP has a limit of one session per week (school-year programs) or two weeks of camp (summer camps), per child, with scholarship levels 3-6. Additional sessions or weeks require payment of at least Scholarship Level 2.

If you would like to waive your scholarship or request more significant financial support, please contact us at or 805-964-8096 for more information.

Scholarship Eligibility by Income Chart

WYP Scholarship Level HUD Income Level
Family Size (across top)
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Scholarship 6
(95% discount)
Acutely Low $16,770 $18,870 $20,955 $22,635 $24,315 $25,984 $27,661
Scholarship 5
(80% discount)
Extremely Low $33,540 $37,740 $41,910 $45,270 $48,630 $51,968 $55,321
Scholarship 4
(57% discount)
Very Low $55,900 $62,900 $69,850 $75,450 $81,050 $86,614 $92,202
Scholarship 3
(32% discount)
Median $80,080 $90,090 $100,100 $108,108 $116,116 $124,124 $132,132
Scholarship 2
(22% discount)
Lower $89,550 $100,750 $111,900 $120,900 $129,850 $138,756 $147,708
Scholarship 1
(15% discount)
Moderate $96,096 $108,108 $120,120 $129,730 $139,339 $148,949 $158,558

Note: Income limits are based on California Housing and Community Development Guidelines for Santa Barbara.

Cancellation Policy 

We understand that sometimes cancellations are necessary and we will work with your family to issue refunds when possible and reasonable. If you have any concerns or questions about the refund policy detailed below, do not hesitate to contact us.

A one-time non-refundable deposit of $30 will be charged upon registration, per session. This $30 fee is per family, per session and is non-refundable on canceled registrations. This deposit fee may not be transferred to a different session (for example a deposit paid for fall session may not be transferred to winter session).

  • Summer: We require families to pay their full program balance for any cancellations that happen within 5 working days of the start of a summer camp. WYP staff will do everything possible to fill the spot, and if filled, you will only be charged the $30 non-refundable deposit, and will refund the rest of your balance. Though we do have waiting lists, people often make other plans and we can’t always fill a spot on short notice. You may change your child's camp once at no cost. The deposit fee already paid will be applied. After that, WYP may charge $5 per change.

  • School Year: During the school year, families pay for multiple weeks of seasonal programming and attend weekly sessions. If you need to cancel at any time during your program, we ask families to let the WYP Registrar team know 10 working days before your last session. If cancellation happens within less than 10 working days of an upcoming weekly session, we will ask the family to pay for that week's session if we are not able to fill it with a new participant. A prorated refund will be issued for any remaining weeks in your seasonal program at that point.

Additionally - you can consider turning your refundable amount into a tax-deductible donation to support one of the many children in our programs receiving a scholarship.

Next Steps

Donate to the scholarship fund

Most WYP participants receive scholarship support. That support comes from a generous community of supporters - from the eight year old who donates $5 of his allowance to our generous grant makers and major donors who make scholarships possible.  You're invited to join the family of WYP supporters!

We're here to help!

Reach out if you still have questions we haven’t answered here or if you want to find out more about WYP.