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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
Together, we are training the next generation of compassionate leaders and stewards who will help create a more resilient world.
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.
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.
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.
Wilderness Awareness School programs meet kids where they live and open kids' hearts to the healing powers of the natural environment.
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.
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...
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.
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.