This week head outside every evening just after sunset to view Comet NEOWISE. It is visible now and won’t be again for 6,800 years. After the sun sets, look for the big dipper in the northwestern sky. Just below the Dipper, you will see what looks like a bright fuzzy star with a tail.
In honor of Latino Conservation Week, we are asking you to have a wild adventure of stewardship this weekend. If you enjoy being outside in any way, you have the opportunity to be part of the solution. Here are a few ideas: Go to your favorite outdoor place and pick up trash Plant som
Over the weekend we invited you to go on an adventure and create a treasure map. This week, try and bring that activity a little closer to home. Here’s how: Situate yourself in the middle of your home and draw your home as a map on a piece of paper. Try and orient your map to th
Have an adventure and make your own Treasure Map! If you try as a family: Have one person create a treasure map. This can be in your neighborhood or in an outdoor open space. Encourage the map creator to use unique landmarks (large trees, rocks that have a particular shape, funny look
Moon Waning Our moon is connected with the earth in so many ways – the moon creates our tides in the ocean, birds use the moon for migration and navigation, etc. This week, try and notice how the world is affected by the moon as it moves from full, to waning gibbous, to third qu
Full Moon Glory Saturday is the full moon. In lieu of fireworks this year, go out on a full moon adventure. Let the moon guide you on a journey. The full moon offers a lot of light so do your best to avoid using a flashlight or phone light while you are adventuring. Watch as the moon
"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
"...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
"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."
Mother of a TV Watcher
"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
"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
"...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.