Wildfires are devastating communities across California, causing more than 300,000 people to evacuate their homes and threatening many more. The Camp Fire in Northern California -- one of three blazing across the state -- is the most destructive in state history. We want to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you find access to shelter. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know the most effective ways to contribute.
Come outside and volunteer with Wildernes Youth Project!
Nature connection makes children smarter, healthier and happier. Our programs foster confidence, health, and a life-long love of learning through active outdoor experiences and mentoring. In order to share these benefits with the diverse demographics of our community, we include youth and families with a range of abilities and backgrounds.
Each week Wilderness Youth Project programs explore resource rich locations such as the creeks, beaches, mountain trails, and open spaces in Santa Barbara’s abundant front country. Research has shown that time in nature improves a child’s cognitive flexibility, emotional stability, critical thinking, creativity, self-esteem, and self-discipline. WYP programs create connection with the natural world through well-facilitated, age-appropriate time in nature, individualized mentoring and through exploration and knowledge of place
SCHOOL YEAR VOLUNTEERS: - Attend a volunteer orientation, fill out a waiver & get fingerprinted - Commit to one session at a time (Fall I, Fall I, Winter, Spring) Spring runs through June 1 - Volunteers meet with two staff to prepare for each program 30 minutes before program, mentor 9-12 children through the program, and stay 30 minutes post program to debrief. This typically requires a 4-5 hour commitment once a week, on the same day each week. - Camps meet at locations in Santa Barbara and Goleta. Most groups travel to different locations daily, from Rincon Beach to the Santa Ynez River and destinations in between. - see www.wyp.org/volunteer/volunteer-school-year/ for more info