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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Youth Development Programs

Mission: Wild Earth leads transformative nature immersion experiences that cultivate character, confidence, passion and perseverance in New York’s youth.

Target demographics: children, teens and adults

Direct beneficiaries per year: more than 1000 individuals and families from all walks of life throughout the Hudson Valley

Geographic areas served: the Hudson Valley of New York

Programs: multi-generational nature connection workshops; year-round programs focused on empowerment, connection & wilderness skills; and wilderness-based summer camps.

Community Stories

38 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

I began my experience with Wild Earth as a parent. Having the pleasure of driving my daughter and a car full of kids to summer camp. Fun is driving with a packed car of kids singing the whole way, all wet and dirty. There was something so right about it. Since then I have watched my daughter grow through the program and as a person. I have seen her display true courage that she learned out in the woods. The courage to take on challenges even though you are scared, even though you are not confident it will go well, even though your body shakes. She developed this because she learned from nurturing mentors, fellow young people and the woods themselves.

Thank you Wild Earth

Client Served

Rating: 5

Although Wild Earth offers an exceptional camp experience for my children, my favorite part about sending them to Wild Earth is hearing their stories when they get home. My kids are now more observant, engaged with nature, and creative than ever before. Wild Earth is an experience that my kids, my wife, and I will never forget.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Wild Earth summer camp was an incredible experience for my kids. It is the happiest I ever see them. They truly get to be just kids and get dirty and explore and do what kids do. The land is beautiful, the program is structured by not too structured, the instructors are generous and nurturing and get to know each child as an individual, and the ability to create a connection to nature and to their own spirit is inspiring. I recommend Wild Earth to everyone I know.

And, as an adult, I have participated in Wild Earth programs too and feel equally grateful for the experiences Wild Earth has given me.

The mission and the programs, the staff and the philosophy, it all fills a hole that is too often left empty in our contemporary, modern, fast-paced world. Slow down. Notice nature. Be kind and be grateful. These are important lessons from Wild Earth.

I have donated money, been a parent of participants, been a participant myself, and now serve on the Board of Directors. I believe in what Wild Earth is doing, both for my children and many other children (and adults) in the Hudson Valley.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Wild Earth helps develop youth into confident, passionate outdoor leaders. It's beautiful to see!

Elizabeth214

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been working for Wild Earth for the past 5 years and couldn't love it enough. The amount of learning opportunities that are given to those who are seeking connection with the natural world is profound. I would love to see Wild Earth and similar organizations blossom and grow throughout our country.

Previous Stories

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I work for Wild Earth and feel they are very invested in supporting my growth as a student as well as an instructor. I believe in the mission and love what they bring to our community.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I love Wild Earth for the work that it does — for the positive effect that it has on my community and for the greater world at large. By facilitating nature connection for children and adults, so many beneficial outcomes result: personal growth and integrity, social well-being, and ecological health. Additionally Wild Earth creates much needed local jobs. Its existence enriches the cultural experience of our region and I am truly grateful for it!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Wild Earth is a deeply caring, dedicated and thoughtful organization doing incredible work in our community. They are reconnecting our children and adults to the natural world, and therefore more deeply to themselves and each other. I've been involved with Wild Earth as a staff member in it's early years, and as a parent of participants more recently, so I can speak from much experience with them. They are doing beautiful and incredibly important work in our community!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Incredibly engaging and supportive organization that both builds community while supporting people reach their individual potential through nature connection. Seeing my children come home with mounds of clay they snagged from a stream bed so that they could make some awesome sculpture, or dragging several feet of cordage twisted from sedge they gathered, or casually singing some enlivening song they learned are just a few of the sweet and heart-warming scenes we've grown accustomed to with Wild Earth. The magical stories are literally countless. They create magic across all ages as well. Their teen participants possess a presence and self-confidence that inspires and gives hope that this crew of kids will bring so much of their goodness to the world. They've also become a model organization that others in the area look to for support and guidance, which is great, but nothing beats those clay streaked faces and shiny eyes of all who are so deeply connected to nature, each other, and themselves.

Client Served

Rating: 5

One of the best of the best. A HUGE fan of all that wild earth does.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Wild Earth is a one-of-a-kind organization and its impact is profound! The programs and fully integrated and serve a wide range of audiences while instilling consistent values and instilling a deep sense of connection to nature in all participants. The facilitators bring vast experience, knowledge, energy and creativity to all that they do. Wild Earth programs are truly fun, educational, and transformational. They are amazing all around!