Nature brings a sense of balance to my family’s life. The connection is innate and embedded. Our work with WYP has given students the gifts of reflection, gratitude, relationship, and a forum for learning that extends beyond four cement corners. I love to see our students recognition of the necessity of balance and their connection to the natural environment.
A connection with nature is core to humanity. Modern society, our reliance on technology, and the built world have increasingly made the outdoors feel almost unnatural for many people. Wilderness Youth Project builds a bridge from a world that sometimes seems like it’s gone crazy to the natural world where children can better explore who they are truly meant to be.
For me, nature connection isn’t about getting outside. It’s about what kids get when they spend a lot of time outside, in all weather, with great role models. Confidence, competence, problem solving, positivity, resilience, and so much more. The outdoors is the best place i’ve found in my 20 years working with youth to cultivate these types of characteristics, and nature connection is the best catalyst.