The MISSION of Growing Up Wild is to help youth connect with nature, build character, and learn about the environment by providing outdoor-based programs that foster social emotional well-being and environmental stewardship.
As we attempt to rebound from the ongoing pandemic, we are working to provide outdoor environmental activities for youth in partnership with local community organizations. Our regular outdoors programs remain suspended for the time being. We will consider to offer outdoor youth trips again depending on health and safety conditions. To get updates on our activities, please add yourself to our email list.
"I have been a camper at Growing Up Wild for the past 6 years. I was a counselor-in-training (CIT) this past summer. My experience as a CIT was unique and special. I give credit to the campers and the other counselors that were with me. It was a privilege to be given leadership to work with younger youth and show them different values and life skills. My overall experience helped me mature as a young man and gain a better understanding about myself and others. I hope and look forward to doing it again next summer!!"
Our VISION is that youth from underserved backgrounds in Santa Cruz County have ongoing opportunities to access, enjoy, and learn about the wild outdoor places around the central coast of California.