In these dynamic times we are here to help you connect with the benefits of time in nature safely and at a distance. From art projects, to stories, to natural recipes, we are providing you with resources that more deeply engage children and adults with the natural world. Check back in every week to see what fun new offerings we have in store!
While most areas in Santa Barbara are still open, you can stay up-to-date on all California State Park closures and other park-related COVID-19 news here. Please remember to keep a six foot distance from others, regularly wash your hands, and tread lightly on the land.
The Daily Dose offers flash connection and mini-adventures for all ages. Check it out!
Wild Foods & Home Cooking (Wild Tea Wander, Elderberry Tincture, Acorn Bread)
It is so satisfying to eat a dish that you harvest and prepare on your own. Click on some of the following links for tips on making your very own wild foods and beverages!
Choose your favorite nature-inspired project and let the creativity flow. Stay in the lines, or out of them. More art projects to come!
Plants (Plantain Salve, Poison Oak Identification, Wild Harvest: Milky Oats for AnxieTEA with Sarah)
Improve your plant identification skills and learn what is growing near your home. We love these plants, and use them in many ways – from natural pigments for paints, to salves and teas and beyond.
Crafts (Pine Cone Bird Feeder)
Virtual Nature Experiences (California Condor Sanctuary, Channel Islands Raptor Cams, Channel Islands Kelp Forest Cam, Eagles, Yellowstone, Interactive Star Map, Mars, Volcanoes)
Connect to nature with audio stories / Conéctate a la naturaleza a través de audio historias
[quote align=”center” color=”#555555″]Pipilo is a collection of bilingual audio stories about nature connection and emotional intelligence, in English and Spanish. These stories are narrated by a community of storytellers, including Wilderness Youth Project Staff such as Nick the Noodle, Mario Mendez, and Dan Fontaine. Pipilo es una colección de audio historias bilingües basadas en conexión con la naturaleza e inteligencia emocional, en Inglés y en Español. Estas historias son narradas por una comunidad de narradores, incluidas algunas personas de la organización: “Wilderness Youth Proyect”, como Nick the Noodle, Mario Mendez y Dan Fontaine[/quote]
Here are some of our favorite nature-inspired poems from writers we love.
RESOURCES FOR PRE-SCHOOL AGE CHILDREN
This section of the portal has activities, stories, and resources for little ones and Parents. Created and curated by Kelly Villaruel & Kristin Van Der Kar, our lead mentors for Woolly Bears & Chickadees programs
Parent Support (How to Talk to Kids about Challenging Times, Rhythm, Sharing Our Calm)
Storytime (The Little Gnome Who Had to Stay Home)
Activities (Noticing Spring, Family Nest Building Craft Project)
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