Get INVOLVED! Make a DIFFERENCE! Let us do the work, or jump on board! After an epic launch party on the 11th, you upped WYLD's total...
- NOW UP TO ---> $27.000
- GOAL --> $32,000 goal!
- PeerTo-Peer Crowdfunding Page. Host your own for us!
- We're looking for board members, mentors, guides, in-kind donations, and whatever else you can add to the cause!!! Hit the button below to check out our campaign.
WYLD is a team. YOU are part of that team.
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has." -Margaret Mead.
As a team of educators, Youth leaders, community members, outdoor enthusiasts, gardeners, funders, and volunteers, our aim at WYLD is to even the playing field, increase diversity in the outdoors, and give young scholars the chance to develop who they are, find their passions, and their abilities in the best classroom ever, the WYLD. There are MANY ways to join in the fun....
WYLD takes cohorts of up to 24 youth at a time, split into two groups on trail, exploring the abundance of natural zones in and around Los Angeles, mostly on Saturdays. We also camp, backpack and attend day camps in the summer! Why nature? Richard Louv put it best in his book "Last Child in the Woods:
"Unlike television, nature does not steal time; it amplifies it. Nature offers healing for a child living in a destructive family or neighborhood. It serves as a blank slate upon which a child draws and reinterprets the culture's fantasies. Nature inspires creativity in a child by demanding visualization and the full use of the senses. Given a chance, a child will bring the confusion of the world to the woods, wash it in the creek, turn it over to see what lives on the unseen side of that confusion. Nature can frighten a child, too, and this fright serves a purpose. In nature, a child finds freedom, fantasy, and privacy: a place distant from the adult world, a separate peace."
WYLD brings urban middle school youth to nature, but we also bring nature TO the youth. WYLD tends the garden on the Carver Middle School campus. The garden is a place for classes to come and learn how to produce food, cultivate good soil, seeds, and a place to sit still, be quiet, dig in the dirt, and explore the garden ecosystem. The garden is a place open to youth at lunch to sit, relax, play and explore. It is a lush natural environment overgrown with an apple and olive tree orchard, vines and vines of grapes, passion fruit, citrus trees, lady bugs, butterflies, birds, and the occasional raccoon.
Los Angeles is segregated, especially within the school systems and without meaningful interactions harmful stereotypes persist, but also opportunities for social, educational and cultural collaborations are missed.