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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 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 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.

Our Pledge to Nature

WE’RE HERE TO HELP

We are continuing our schedule of programmes during lockdown, whilst adhering to government safeguarding guidelines. TURNAROUND 12 continues with TURNAROUND 13 now open for referrals. FACE to FACE therapy continues outdoors and our BRAVE FUTURES programmes for both Children and Adults are in full swing, along with our latest OUT THERE cohort with places still available for later groups.

This summer we have our THERAPY CAMPS and THERAPY TRAINING along with family activities including Bushcraft and Forest Bathing. 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 and email to us. We’re here to help!

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 CHATS

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. At the start of Lockdown 3 it was decided that Badger Chats would be created! Take a look at the video and let us know what you think. View the whole Badger Cam series here!