A magical storytelling event

Stories from the Wild

Stories from the Wild

Thursday August 15, 2024 | 6pm - 8pm
(2040 Alameda Padre Serra, Santa Barbara, CA 93103)

Mark your calendars, gather your loved ones, and get ready to immerse yourself in the enchanting world of nature stories. "Stories from the Wild" is not just an event—it's a celebration of the stories that shape us, the connections that bind us, and the wonders of the natural world that inspire us. Our staff will be sharing their personal stories from nature—captivating tales that highlight their unique connections with the outdoors. From encounters with wildlife to heartwarming moments of self-discovery, these stories will leave you in awe and inspire you to create your own tales of adventure.

Pack Your Picnic and Blankets:

We encourage you to bring along your favorite picnic spread, drinks, blankets, and chairs to create your perfect cozy spot for the evening.

WYP will provide McConnell’s ice cream and an array of different yard games.

Questions? Email us at qrirybczrag@jlc.bet.


Your support helps…

Provide Scholarships:

70% of our participants qualify for full or partial scholarships based on family income.

Grow smarter, healthier, happier kids:

The late Yale Ecologist Dr. Stephen Kellert concluded that “findings in health care, education, work, recreation and community indicate that contact with nature is vital to child development.” Nature, Kellert’s research demonstrated, teaches children to cope and problem-solve.

Mentor children:

WYP’s ultimate aspiration is that our participants grow into self-actualized adults who keep the wellness of people, place and planet in mind.

Advance equitable access to time outdoors:

Children from communities of color and low-income neighborhoods face barriers to quality nature experiences. This inequity is reflected in disparate health, mental health and developmental outcomes. Conversely, nature access can create more racially, socially and economically equitable communities.

Eliminate nature deficit disorder:

Children today spend less time outdoors than any other generation, devoting only four to seven minutes to unstructured outdoor play per day while spending an average of seven and a half hours in front of electronic media. Children are carrying this disconnection with nature into adulthood which creates a troubling national trend for the future of the health and wellness of our communities.