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WHAT WE DO

Through the Wilderness Foundation education and therapy programmes we help young people and adults reconnect to society and themselves through outdoor facilitation adventures and mentoring. Our programmes highlight the positive impact of wild nature on personal and social wellbeing. Developing stewardship for nature and wild places is imbued through the teaching of Leave No Trace Ethics alongside volunteering opportunities.

Our mission is to preserve wild places and change lives through outreach programmes that educate, inspire and reconnect people facing a number of challenges in their lives. We create opportunities for those wishing to learn more about their relationship with the natural world and what they can do to protect it. The content of our Wilderness programmes aims to equip and enable people to acquire skills from within themselves to navigate their futures safely and successfully. We are working to keep people healthy and our planet wild!

ENVIRONMENT

Climate change mitigation around nature, rewilding and sustainability. Inspiring programmes including youth action projects, making positive changes for the environment and nature.

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EDUCATION

Environmental and alternative education and curriculum based workshops for Primary, Secondary and SEN schools as well as our Leadership Academy involving team building and wilderness expeditions.

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THERAPY

Supporting vulnerable young people and adults in personal growth, improved mental wellbeing and resilience. Working with wild nature as a therapeutic tool to gain perspective and understanding.

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Our Services

To find out more about our Wilderness Youth and Counselling services please download our brochure here.

To find out more about our Chatham Green Project – Environmental Education services please download our brochure here.

Come Visit Us….

OPEN FARM SUNDAY – June 27th

Join us on the 27th June as we open our gates to visitors for our Open Farm Sunday event. Bring your family, friends and even those with four legs, as we welcome you all to our Chatham Green site. Activities include Walk and Talk sessions with our local farmer Andrew, Woodland Craft, Pond Dipping and Bug Hunts as well as being able to just explore the beautiful 40 acres we use here at the foundation. There will be light refreshments to keep you going so why not join us and spend some quality time in the outdoors. You can even bring a picnic and find your own quiet corner and enjoy time in nature but always remember to take your rubbish with you as we encourage Leave No Trace ethics.

Open Day Times are 11-4pm with light refreshments and facilities available onsite.

Our Pledge to Nature

WE’RE HERE TO HELP

We are continuing our schedule of programmes, whilst still adhering to government safeguarding guidelines. Our first school, Beehive Lane School, has visited us this week much tot he delight of our Education Officer Terri. Our TURNAROUND 13 participants has just finished their first trail and our looking forward to beginning their weekly mentoring and workshops. FACE to FACE therapy continues outdoors and our programmes including BRAVE FUTURES and our BLOSSOM PROJECT are in full swing. Our latest OUT THERE cohorts are full but we do have places still available for later groups.

You can still book places on our THERAPY CAMPS and THERAPY TRAINING and WILDERNESS IMMERSION along with our Summer Activities which include Bushcraft, Forest Bathing and our HOLIDAY CAMPS although spaces are limited. If you have any queries or would like more information about our services and programmes running throughout 2021 please contact us.

If you need to make a referral please download our Referral Form from the main menu, complete and email to us.

WILDLIFE CHANGEMAKERS

See our amazing young ambassadors as they introduce Ashley Banjo to their passion for the environment and how we can all make a difference. Watch the full episode from the Persil ‘Dirt is Good’ Project, and listen to our amazing young people explain ways to help preserve wild spaces and in doing so help the planet. Visit the Persil website for more information.

NATURE FOR THE NEW NORMAL

Watch our touching and insightful film ‘Nature for the New Normal’ that we made in partnership with Dan Stockman, an independent filmmaker, earlier this year. It involves some of our TA alumni describing their experiences during the initial lockdown. Each young person gives a personal account of the lockdown and how it affected their mental health and how the positive effect of nature helped improve their wellbeing and outlook on the future.

BADGER CAM WELCOMES BADGER CUBS!

The Environmental Education team have been creating videos called Badger Cam for the last year. Using a night vision trail camera to capture the lives of the wildlife on the site at Chatham Green while we are all asleep. Over the last year our education officer has been creating videos of mainly Badgers, but also Foxes, Muntjac and Fallow Deer, Rabbits and lots more. Badger Cam Episode 39…… Badger Cubs……..watch the video to find out more…..Take a look at the video and let us know what you think. View the whole Badger Cam series here!