Nature Connection for Newburgh Youth

Published April 15th, 2015

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“We couldn’t be more excited about our partnership with Wild Earth. It will give our Club members a unique opportunity to make a connection with the natural world and learn valuable outdoor skills. More importantly, these programs allow our youth to discover something within themselves, whether it’s a skill they didn’t know they had or conquering a fear; that is something they will carry with them for life.” Krysta Murray, Director of Afterschool Programs for the Boys & Girls Club.

Wild Earth Wilderness School is partnering with the Boys & Girls Club of Newburgh and Scenic Hudson to bring students from the city of Newburgh into the woods this spring. A week ago (4/7/15), twenty teens from the Boys & Girls Club ventured into the woods at Scenic Hudson’s Snake Hill with Wild Earth instructors to learn friction fire, shelter building, cordage, and lots of nature awareness and team building skills. Later this spring, fifty middle school students will have a similar opportunity.

“Playing outdoors and in the woods used to be part of every child’s daily experience. Unfortunately, many youth do not live in that reality, especially those from Newburgh and other urban areas in our region,” said Wild Earth’s Executive Director, David Brownstein.

When Scenic Hudson heard that Wild Earth was working with Newburgh’s youth, they offered their protected Snake Hill land for its use. These Newburgh students are exploring land in their own backyard which offers incredible vistas of the Hudson River. Brownstein added, “It is quite appropriate that these young people have a grander and more expanded vision of the world in front of them. We can thank Snake Hill and Scenic Hudson for that!”

“Scenic Hudson is delighted to partner with Wild Earth and the Boys & Girls Club, and provide a place for Newburgh students to connect with nature. That’s a prime reason we protect treasures like Snake Hill,” said Scenic Hudson Senior Vice President Steve Rosenberg.


David BrownsteinDavid BrownsteinDavid Brownstein, Executive Director

In 2004, David co-founded and, today, is the Executive Director of Wild Earth, where he seeks to help regenerate healthy community culture and create opportunities for people to connect with themselves, each other and the Earth. Prior to founding Wild Earth, David worked as a wealth advisor on Wall Street for twelve years before realizing a life dream – fully sharing in the care and parenting of his three children, and creating a small family farm. Today, the Brownsteins raise dairy cows, goats, chickens, bees and vegetables in season. David also maintains an active counseling practice called Root Connections, where he focuses on helping individuals, couples, groups and business leaders identify and manifest their unique vision. More about David's work.

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