Black Lives Matter + Nature Connection We are in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. To respond to the call for predominantly non-black led organizations to take a break from promoting our own content, we have decided to amplify Black voices and share resources from organ
Black Lives Matter + Nature Connection In an effort to amplify Black voices we are sharing resources from organizations led by Black naturalists. Today we invite you to check out @jasonwardny birding videos! Here’s today’s dose of nature connection: “Keep Your Party
Black Lives Matter + Nature Connection In solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and to respond to the call for predominantly non-black led organizations to take a break from filling up social media with our own content, we have decided to use our platform to amplify t
Here’s today’s dose of nature connection ideas! Flash connection: Owl Eyes Stand outside and allow your eyes to have a soft gaze off into the distance. Spread your arms wide horizontally and start to wiggle your fingers. Slowly bring your fingers towards the center and STO
Here’s today’s dose of nature connection ideas! Flash connection: Rock Rhythm Find rocks all around your home or neighborhood and knock them together to form sounds and rhythms. Which rocks make high pitched or deep sounds? What kind of rhythm can you get going for two min
Here’s today’s dose of nature connection ideas! Flash connection: Fox Walking Foxes have the ability to walk silently and mindfully. Practice moving slow as you shift the weight to one foot, lifting the other and very slowly moving your foot forward. As you drop your foot
Here’s today’s dose of nature connection ideas! Flash connection: Memories Sit inside or outside and remember a time when you felt connected and rejuvenated by nature. Recall as many details as you can. What did it smell like? What colors did you see? With each inhale, bri
Here’s today’s dose of nature connection ideas! Flash connection: Prey Escape Move your body fast, as if you were prey, attempting to escape a predator. For 5 minutes run, and slither, hop, move side to side but however you move, do it fast. Allow your body to engage with
Here’s today’s dose of nature connection ideas! Flash Connection: Take a nap Go outside and find a comfortable place to lie down. Set an alarm for 20 minutes and close your eyes. Release all your senses and drop into silence and stillness and maybe, just maybe – fall
Here’s today’s dose of nature connection ideas! Flash connection: Plants in the Crack Plant life has an incredible way of growing anywhere a seed can take root. Often, some of the least likely places we would expect to see life flourish, the most beautiful form. A little l
"...he not only had the time of his life, but he experienced so many new wonderful things, and learned so much more about nature and indigenous cultures. Something else seems to have "affected" him (don't know another word to use) - he absorbed values that are inherent in such good people as yourselves, and that, as you know, is priceless.
Mother of a Teenager
"He voluntarily went on a night hike without either of us. He often approached the counselors to ask for what he needed without coaching or coaxing. He climbed rocks fearlessly and swam in a river with us for the first time. He spoke at the circle and participated in almost every activity. He went for hikes without us, played with the counselors, and other children, and shared his knowledge and curiosity with them as well. He laughed a great deal. The program is phenomenal!"
Mother of an introverted child
"...one young boy, seen at CALM because of abuse, reported that he had had a wonderful time at the Project. When this statement was explored by his therapist, it became clear that this isolated and depressed child had been able to form ties with peers, get along in a group, and actually enjoy himself. This is the best possible outcome we could have ever hoped for. Thank you for the work you do."
CALM - Child Abuse Listening & Mediation
"The outstanding staff at the Wilderness Youth Project have been able to connect with our students and provide meaningful learning experiences. The Wilderness Youth Project is a very important part of our program here at La Cuesta. Our students look forward to meeting with them every week. It is my personal opinion that this program should be a part of the regular curriculum at every high school.
High School Teacher
"In my entire life, I have never seen such dedication, kindness, and unconditional love from these human beings [Wilderness Youth Project Staff]. My son has grown so much in the areas of responsibility, compassion, respect and discipline in these short weeks. This experience through the "WYP" program has been life-changing to say the least.
Parents of a 6 year-old
"He came back glowing and for the next several days told us some of his experiences... he said he never even thought of TV. He commented many times how the worries of life drop away and just him, the wind, and the water are THERE. It was good to be in a group that cares and listens and is REAL."