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Dear Friend of Wilderness Awareness School,

In one day, my daughter spent more time outside than the average kid spends in ½ year!

I hope this realization impacts you as deeply as it did me.

As I am writing this letter to you, my daughter Cassidy just returned from an overnight with Foxes – our once-a-week program for 7 to 9 year olds. She spent the day playing in the woods, and the night in a shelter of sticks and sword ferns she made with two other girls, spending 1,260 minutes outside.

Kids today average only 7 minutes of outside play — every day — and over 7 hours in front of entertainment media. At one of our overnight camps, kids will play outside for the equivalent amount of time as the average child gets in over 2 years.


The positive impacts of spending time playing outside and connecting with nature are dramatic:

Jasper, aka Red Tail Hawk, just emerged from spending a week in the woods with Wilderness Awareness School. He had a daily sit spot where he saw two otters play. He slept outdoors. He played scout games covered in ash, moss and ferns for camo. When we arrived for the closing ceremony he was singing a beautiful new song. When his guides spoke about him, we wept. I have so much gratitude for this school and the gifts they have given both of my children for the last 13 years. Wild and free. Forever.

—Jennette Nielsen, mother of Jasper

With your generous gift today to our Fall Annual Fund Campaign, you can help turn the tide, and get more kids outside to have essential experiences like Jasper, Clara, Eli and Lydia:


The program seemed to do an amazing job of enhancing Clara’s innate sense of
wonder about the natural world. It encouraged her natural passion for learning,
what more could a parent want?!

—Taryn Bakkane, mother of Clara


Just what kids need (we all need). Time to explore and experiment.
Great counselors who are thoughtful and knowledgeable.
Trained to let kids think for themselves. We love this camp!

—Wendy Simmons, mother of Eli and Lydia


Research demonstrates that being outside helps children grow lean and strong, increases creativity and attention spans, decreases aggression, and improves academic achievement — all of which set them up for successful transitions into adulthood. In addition, children who spend time in nature regularly are shown to become better stewards of the environment. Meanwhile, the rise in media use and decline in outdoor play has coincided with steep increases in childhood obesity, anxiety, depression and ADHD.

We believe a vibrant connection with nature is essential to balance our high-tech lives, and to foster health, growth and wellbeing.

You can continue to help restore this balance, as your support enables us to directly reach over 3,000 kids of all ages locally — and through instructors we have trained, indirectly reach tens of thousands more around the world.

Our goal for our Fall Annual Fund Campaign is $100,000. I hope you will consider a generous contribution and help get more kids get outside and connected with nature.

With gratitude,

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Executive Director

View our Winter 2015 FoxPrint

P.S. Please send in your check or visit to donate today and help us reach our goal of $100,000 by Thanksgiving!

P.P.S. Ingwe’s 100th birthday would have been on October 17th. Please see the insert and consider stretching your gift to honor his amazing legacy. 

Kids need Wilderness Awareness School for the development of their souls in my
opinion. It’s an awesome program, we loved all of it – the teachers, volunteers and
the great energy of it. Thank you, thank you very much for the absolutely
wonderful work that you do!

— Broche Karpenko, mother of Tesh



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