Wilderness Youth Project is offering more nature connection programs for adults than ever before. By empowering parents, grandparents, educators, leaders and others to spend meaningful time in the wilderness, we intend to strengthen our collective communities. Join us as we reawaken our sense of wonder inspired by nature’s mysteries and beauty.
Our adult offerings emphasize mindfulness, sensory awareness, and wilderness-skills development as tools to develop a deep connection to the natural world. Most programs are a combination of self-directed time and experiential activities including but not limited to: observation, storytelling, naturalist skills, the art of questioning, exploration, song, mapping, crafting and sensory activities.
Adult programs include:
- Workshops: Next offering -- Bird Language, Sun, May 19th, 2013 with Dan Fontaine.
- Tracking Club: Group monitoring of animal corridors every other Saturday
- Check-Ins: One-on-one mentoring phone calls
- Camp Outs: Weekend camping trips three times per year
Calendar of Adult Programs click here
BIRD LANGUAGE WITH DAN FONTAINE
WHEN: Sunday, May 19, 2013, 9am - Noon
WHERE: Lake Los Carneros (meet at the gate on La Patera Lane) COST: Cost $30-$50 sliding scale
REGISTER: Click here to register
INSTRUCTOR: Dan Fontaine (see more about Dan below)
MORE DETAILS: Open to Teens & Adults
Have you ever wondered what the crows were squaking about, why birds sometimes leave your feeder or who was singing outside your window after dark? Learning the language of the birds can be easy. Join us for a morning of observing and discussing the birds in their most active time of year. Go home with strategies to help you witness more birds and understand their cues about other wildlife. We'll meet at the eastern entrance gate on La Patera Lane.
Please bring plenty of water and wear comfortable clothing. Binoculars and notepads are welcome, but not required.
Instructor: Dan Fontaine, WYP's Executive Director. Dan has participated in avian field studies and other field projects at the Channel Islands, UCSB and sites further afield from the tropics to the arctic.
WHAT: Group monitoring of animal corridors
WHEN: 10am - 2 pm, 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month
COST: Suggested donation $10, Free for WYP volunteers.
Location: Cathederal Oaks & Kellog Ave at San Jose Creek (Meet on Kellog Ave on the North side of Cathedral Oaks)
Tracking Club Recommended Equipment List:
- Notebook, Pencil with eraser
- Water & Lunch
Saturday (10 am) - Sunday (4 pm) Overnight Camping Trips for Adults
Camp Outs are designed to be a balance of facilitated and self-directed time with many opportunities to connect with the landscape. Hands-on skills, such as fire by friction, plant processing, and practices of inner tracking (self-reflection) will be emphasized.
2012/13 Campouts are finished. Please check back for a 2013/14 schedule soon.
To join us, please email Jess Sieber at email@example.com with the following info:
Method of payment & Amount you'll pay
Checks can be mailed or dropped off at the office.
Wilderness Youth Project
5386 Hollister Ave, Suite D
Santa Barbara, CA 93111
One-hour phone calls every two to three weeks depending on participants' preference
Check-ins are phone calls of personal-development coaching with focus on nature connection and coyote mentoring skills. A participant is paired with a WYP lead staff. The participant determines his/her intentions related to deepening their connection with nature and/or developing skills as a nature-based mentor. The WYP staff helps to support and guide them toward reaching his/her desired outcomes.