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December 31

Wilderness Youth Project

Organization Mission

The mission of Wilderness Youth Project (WYP) is to foster confidence, health, and a lifelong love of learning for young people and families through outdoor activities. WYP envisions teaching the next generation of children to be peaceful, respectful, confident stewards of our world.

Social Change Project:
Bridge to Nature

Wilderness Youth Project’s Bridge to Nature program provides experiential, nature-based lessons to 4th-grade students in the Santa Barbara Unified School District. WYP aspires to expand the Bridge to Nature program to all Santa Barbara public schools where more than half of students are eligible for the free and reduced-price meal plan, and to further align the program’s curriculum with classroom objectives. Bridge to Nature supplements the classroom learning of Santa Barbara youth and provides them access to the benefits of nature connection.

Wilderness Youth Project has sparked new hope and an excitement for learning in our students. Our at-risk students are experiencing “success” for the first time in their lives. Their self-confidence and motivation to learn is what we as educators strive to achieve in all of our children.

— Amy Alzina, Principal at Adams Elementary School, Santa Barbara