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 in wild places.
NEW camping program for boys that
teaches mindfulness meditation
while exploring themes of substance use
Watsonville wetlands watch
2023 Youth leadership initiative
"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!!"
-Summer Camper, 2018