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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, therapy 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.

Our Pledge to Nature

We’re Here to Help

We are continuing our schedule of programmes, whilst still adhering to government safeguarding guidelines. Schools have returned in great numbers, much to the delight of our Education Officer Terri. Our TURNAROUND 13 participants are looking forward to their second trail in October and enjoying their weekly mentoring and workshops. FACE to FACE therapy continues outdoors and our programmes including BRAVE FUTURES are in full swing with our BLOSSOM PROJECT graduating with a deep felt sense of achievement and a High Sheriffs’ Award! Our latest OUT THERE cohorts are full but we do have places still available for later groups and also on our BOUNCE BACK cohorts.

Our WILDERNESS THERAPY CAMP in October is fully booked along with our HOLIDAY CAMP in the October Half Term but you can still book tickets to our FAMILY BUSHCRAFT on the 29th in Elstree! 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.

Help Support Us

WILDERNESS FUNDRAISERS

RUN FOR US IN THE LONDON LANDMARKS HALF MARATHON
Becoming a Wilderness Fundraiser is easy…
  • Set up your own fundraising page and help support our Wilderness programmes
  • Get friends and family involved and make your fundraising challenge fun!
  • There are also lots of ways you can donate to us directly via our Donation page
A big THANK YOU to all of our fundraisers out there.
Why not join in and start your own amazing fundraising journey and make a difference to someone’s life TODAY.

WILDERNESS VOLUNTEERS

We couldn’t run programmes without our amazing volunteers.
Becoming a Wilderness Volunteer is easy…
  • To register your interest just fill in our Volunteer form and email to us today!
  • If you like working with young people, in the outdoors and want to share your skills then why not join our tribe of volunteers
  • There are lots of ways you can volunteer so visit our Volunteer page to find out more
Why not join our wilderness tribe of volunteers and become part of someone’s wilderness journey TODAY.

Some of our amazing fundraisers…

Sup It And Sea

Paddleboarding from
Land’s End to John O’Groats

Lindsey Bonner

Cycling the National 3 Peaks

 

Kate Chadsey

Walking 500 miles from
Salisbury to Glasgow

Watch Us in Action

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!