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Alumni in Action: A Journey from Figurine Frogs to Belonging

Alumni in Action: A Journey from Figurine Frogs to Belonging

It’s no surprise that as a young mother of three, I would eventually find myself on an island in the Salish Sea, among the cedars and hemlocks, covered in mud and ferns, hiding, tracking, singing, and making fires each week with my family and other kindred spirits at a nature connection program.

Cultivating a New Generation of Leaders

Cultivating a New Generation of Leaders

Fifeteen years ago I had the opportunity and honor to plant a Tree of Peace with Chief Jake Swamp at Linne Doran. Now nearly every week my son Leo walks past the Tree of Peace on his way to Foxes.

Finding Home

Finding Home

The first rays of light glow through the trees; ferns and vine maples dripping with the memory of rain from the night. Silence gives way to birdsong, joyous and free, a celebration that the light again returned.

Alumni In Action: The Power of the Heart

Alumni In Action: The Power of the Heart

I didn’t want to come to Wilderness Awareness School. Rain. Grey. A survival trip that required me to find my own food for a week. I was happy living in sunny California and originally told my partner he could go without me and just tell me all about it

Muddy and Happy

Muddy and Happy

Our family heard about Wilderness Awareness School through word of mouth. Friends had tried the program, spoke very highly of it, and when we looked into it further we knew it would be the perfect fit for our oldest, Henry.

Alumni in Action: Value of Connection

Alumni in Action: Value of Connection

For my professional career, I travel the country and count birds for a living. In my personal life, I am a recovering addict and active participant in my 12-step program, guiding others on their own journey toward addiction recovery.

Hope in this Bittersweet World

Hope in this Bittersweet World

Kaveh has continued to find deep joy and connection being at WAS. The students are able to pursue their passions and fall in love with the world

Nature Connection as a Gateway for Change

Nature Connection as a Gateway for Change

Together, we are training the next generation of compassionate leaders and stewards who will help create a more resilient world.

Coming Alive

Coming Alive

A big and glorious THANK YOU to all the amazing people who have donated and given my daughter the opportunity to blossom into this beautiful human being. Our lives would not be the same without your support.

Developing a Sense of Self-Reliance and Confidence

Developing a Sense of Self-Reliance and Confidence

The program’s greatest strength is that it develops a sense of self-reliance and confidence. The children are supported in understanding their strengths and gifts.

Tracking Wolves, Finding Myself

Tracking Wolves, Finding Myself

The inspirational peers, mentors, and environment I found at Wilderness Awareness School molded me throughout my high school years into a proud, confident, compassionate individual.

Rekindling His Fire

Rekindling His Fire

Wilderness Awareness School programs meet kids where they live and open kids' hearts to the healing powers of the natural environment.

Found His Place and Himself

Found His Place and Himself

Wilderness Awareness School has literally saved him. He is now calm, confident, competent, and cheerful. He is better at holding his own boundaries and more likely to take chances.

Heartfelt Farewell

Heartfelt Farewell

A lump in my throat forms and I get teary-eyed when I think about how much this Wilderness Awareness experience has meant to both of our daughters and our family. Where instructors and apprentices have treated our children with respect and love...

Truly Grateful for the Gift of Nature

Truly Grateful for the Gift of Nature

As a parent, I want to give my kids a deep connection to nature. I know that nature brings comfort and inspiration as well as physical and mental well-being. Wilderness Awareness School has played a vital role in the deep connection my two children have to nature. Wilderness Awareness School has truly been a gift to my family.

Spending Time in Nature

Spending Time in Nature

Since I was four, I have gone to Wilderness Awareness School every Thursday. I often feel that this is my little slice of heaven, as it was there that I learned what true joy feels like.