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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.

Join us…..

Standon Calling – July 22-25th

Jo Roberts, CEO, will be giving two talks over the weekend in the Wild Wellbeing Area:

  • How to Immerse Yourself in Nature

  • Nature & Me: The Proven Benefits to Mental Health

Click here for more information on the event itself and if you’re going, why not pop by our stand and say Hi!

 

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 few schools have already visited us, to the delight of our Education Officer Terri. Our TURNAROUND 13 participants have finished their first trail and are 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 and also on our BOUNCE BACK cohorts.

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 but our HOLIDAY CAMPS are completely booked for the Summer Holidays. 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.

DIRT IS GOOD -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. If you feel inspired then why not join our Green Influencers or Eco Defenders, Wilderness youth environmental action groups.

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.

BADGER CAM WELCOMES BADGER CUBS!

The Environmental Education team, using a night vision trail camera, have captured the secret lives of the Chatham Green badgers, whilst we are all safely asleep. Over the last year our education team have regularly captured videos of badgers, foxes, muntjac, rabbits and even some very mischievous badger cubs……..watch the video to see more of their secret night time activity. View the whole Badger Cam series here!