Bridge to Nature Campaign Aims to Raise $250k

Goal: Raise $250,000 to ensure underserved public schools in Santa Barbara have nature based mentoring opportunities

Bridge to Nature Immediately Receives $125,000 Match – Every dollar raised will be matched!

Santa Barbara, CA: Wilderness Youth Project is proud to announce a community fundraising campaign to raise $250,000 to bring nature based mentoring opportunities to all underserved public schools in Santa Barbara.  An anonymous donor has already offered to match community donations dollar for dollar up to $125,000.  

See our short public service announcement here:

Dan Fontaine, Executive Director of Wilderness Youth Project, said, “Time in nature with a mentor makes students smarter, healthier and happier. A fully funded Bridge to Nature program ensures that underserved public school students have access to the incredible natural resources found in Santa Barbara and the real world lessons they teach.”

What is the Bridge to Nature School Day program?

Bridge to Nature provides a 4-hour nature-based mentoring program for students in 4th grade. Students go out once a month during four hours of class time for hands-on, student-centered learning, relevant real world problem-solving, inquiry, and interaction with the natural world.

Teacher Michael Macioce of Adelante Charter school writes,One reason we are “moving the needle” on test scores is because of our commitment to student engagement and experiential education, especially in the STEM subjects. As we implement Common Core and a focus on process, Wilderness Youth Project helps us to provide the real life inspiration and information these students need to learn.”

Amy Alzina, principal at Adams Elementary School, writes: Wilderness Youth Project has sparked new hope and an excitement for learning in our students. These at-risk students are experiencing “success” for the first time in their lives. Their self-confidence and motivation to learn is more than I could have ever hoped for. This love for learning is what we as educators strive to achieve in all of our children.”

In short, nature-based education for at-risk children provides essential building blocks for success, for closing achievement and enrichment gaps and for cultivating a generation of stewards of our local environment.]

The Bridge to Nature campaign launches on September 17 and runs until November 4, 2017. To donate or for more information, go to


About Wilderness Youth Project:

Our mission is to foster confidence, health, and a lifelong love of learning for young people and families through active outdoor experiences and mentoring. We envision teaching the next generation of children to be peaceful, respectful and confident stewards of our world. Our work also helps to close the academic and enrichment gaps that exist for underserved students. Operating since 1999, we serve over 1,000 unduplicated youth and adults from Santa Barbara County each year.




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