After a successful summer with camps in New Paltz, High Falls, Kingston, and on our new land in Kerhonkson, we are gearing up for year-round weekend programs for youth and adults!
In two weeks, we will kickoff fall with the start of Artemis Girls and Atlatl Boys, our two deep connection programs for youth ages 9-14. Artemis has already filled for the year and Atlatl has very few remaining spots!
The first week of October marks the start of 3 Autumn Sundays for Screech Owl (ages 4-7), Kestrel (ages 7-10) and Raven (ages 10-14). These programs perfectly carry the sense of fun and community of the summer through the change of seasons.
Our high school age teens will once again have the opportunity to spend one Friday a month (plus two overnights) with other kids their age in a supportive community of teens and adult leaders. Ropes: Wilderness Program for Teens starts on October 25th, but is also nearly full!
Many people know Wild Earth for our work with youth, but we teach many of the same wilderness skills to adults as well!
Our year-round adult programs are spacious, one- or two-day workshops centered around a new skill or deepening your comfort level with one you’ve been practicing.
From learning how to start a friction fire with a bow drill, to making a beautiful coiled basket with plants you can collect on a walk, or processing and using a whole deer, these adult programs will provide time to express gratitude and seek connection within a small group of adults.
Omari Washington identified his purpose in 2004, during a backpacking & paddling trip above the Arctic Circle in Alaska. Despite emerging evidence, at that time few people were willing to believe climatologists’ warnings that humans were negatively impacting our planet. Hiking across the melting permafrost, Omari witnessed the significant changes already taking place. Moreover, he knew that many marginalized communities would be disproportionately affected by our inaction. After returning from that trip, Omari attended Green Mountain College in Vermont and received a B.A. in Environmental Studies. Since then, he has led hikes in urban parks, managed diverse teams of environmental educators, built school gardens, developed curricula, and helped plant 1,000,000 trees in New York City. The focus of all of this work has been to engage and empower youth in developing deep connections to nature, centered around their own unique experiences. Omari is grateful to be welcomed into the Wild Earth community, where young leaders are growing wild! More about Omari's work.