Young Women Empowered

Y-WE Nature Connections

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The Y-WE Nature Connections program…

Creates opportunities for young women to build a personal and interpersonal relationship with nature through education, experience, and reflection. We offer opportunities for you  to experience our local natural places first-hand. Through every workshop and field trip, we will explore the importance of sustainable living and protecting our natural places.


“Exciting and Informative: Y-WE Nature Connections leaves you feeling inspired to more in your community and for your environment” -Y-WE Participant


“The first thing I noticed about our granddaughter when she returned from Y-WE was how relaxed she looked; confident and happy. A 7-mile round trip hike was easily managed, she reported, and the food was great! She had not stayed overnight with anyone outside the family for at least two years, and we’re glad this went so well.” –Grandmother of a Y-WE Participant


“I had the privilege to be a mentor with Y-WE through the 2015/ 2016 school year, and again had the chance to join the incredible Y-WE team this summer on a field trip to the Northern Cascades. The girls involved in the Y-WE program constantly blow me away– they are engaged, thoughtful, and curious. The programs offered by Y-WE offer girls the chance to learn and experiment in a safe and nurturing environment. The managing team is inspiring– they have created not just a safe space free of judgement, but also a place where young women are heard, support one another, and know what it means to be comfortable in one’s own skin. I have gained so much more than anything I have given.” -Y-WE Mentor

Mt. RainierAbout Y-WE Nature Connections

Experience the power and beauty of the natural world up close. In Y-WE Nature Connections, we discover and explore natural areas close to home in and around Seattle, as well as take longer expeditions to the North Cascades National Park, Mt. Rainier National Park, and the Olympics National Park.

In a supportive and diverse community of girls and women, Y-WE Nature Connections participants have fun exploring the outdoors, actively engage our bodies, encounter the beauty of wilderness, deepen our relationship with ourselves, practice skills that promote safety and resilience in the outdoors, explore our relationship with nature and people, and discover ways we and our communities can be good stewards of our natural environment, protecting our earth for future generations.

Adventures include rock climbing, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and hiking.

InY-WE Nature Connections, you can…

  • Define what nature is for you and build a personal relationship with local natural places
  • Develop your own outdoor activities and workshops
  • Put your outdoor skills into action
  • Hike forest and beach habitats
  • Engage in hands-on citizen science and learning related to Puget Sound issues
  • Carry out stewardship and service activities
  • Learn about organic farming
  • Enjoy nature-based personal exploration and creative arts

Program Structure

Y-WE Nature Connections is a year-long program that runs from October 2016 to June 2017. The program includes skill-building days in Seattle and experiential trips to our state’s national parks and other exciting areas in the region. This program is delivered in partnership with The Mountaineers, and many of the program days take place at The Mountaineers’ office in Seattle’s Magnusson Park. For each program day that takes place outside of Seattle, we will be meeting at a central location and leaving as a group for our destination.

Y-WE will provide transportation for out-of-Seattle expeditions. Below you will find a schedule of the Y-WE Nature Connections events from February 2017 – June 2017. Y-WE Nature Connections participants are expected to be at all events, unless informing the Y-WE program team otherwise.

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*For all events that are not taking place in Seattle, we will meet at the Beacon Hill Red Apple to carpool/bus to our destination: 2701 Beacon Ave; S, Seattle, WA 98144

Sunday, February 26, 2017: 2-4pm at The Mountaineers

7700 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115

  • Celebration with family and friends!
  • Climbing wall open for family and friends

Saturday, March 11, 2017: 9am-6pm, trip to Whidbey Island

Meet at Beacon Hill Red Apple, 2701 Beacon Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144

  • Visit our friends at Service, Education, Adventure (SEA)
  • Learn about the water system and its importance to our health and well-being
  • Explore the beaches and state parks of Whidbey Island

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017: 6:30-8:30pm at Y-WE Office

Parent/Guardian Meeting – youth not required to attend

Y-WE Office: 2524 16th Ave. S, Suite 301, Seattle, WA 98144

  • An evening to come together with other Y-WE parents and guardians to discuss the resources that Y-WE has to offer and learn more about the upcoming backpacking trip
  • Dinner will be provided!

Friday, April 7 – Sunday, April 9, 2017: Camping Trip to Washington State Park

specific location TBD

  • We will be spending time deepening our community, learning about our natural environment, and cultivating some basic survival skills

Saturday, April 22, 2017: 10am-2pm, Duwamish Alive!,

location TBD

Meet at Beacon Hill Red Apple, 2701 Beacon Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144

  • Participants will work in small groups with King County staff, learning about their career field and doing hands-on projects related to their work

Optional: Saturday, April 29, 2017: 10am-5pm, Career Day

at Cascadia College-UW Bothell

18345 Campus Way NE, Bothell, WA 98011

  • Join us for a day of stories and inspiration as we hear from an incredible group of women in a variety of careers and backgrounds
  • Friends, family, and allies of all gender identities are welcome to join us for Career Day. Please be sure to let us know if you are bringing a guest so we can get them registered

Saturday, May 6, 2017: 10am-1pm, Careers in Clean Water

at King County South Treatment Plant in Renton

Meet at Beacon Hill Red Apple, 2701 Beacon Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144

  • Career event for young people interested in the green field, from community relations to laboratory work

Saturday, May 20, 2017: 8am-6pm, Whidbey Island

Meet at Beacon Hill Red Apple, 2701 Beacon Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144

  • Salve making workshop with Christina Orbé
  • Harvesting, processing comfrey, and conversation led by Cristina on how to relate using healing plants to heal our bodies and to offer healing in our communities

Saturday, June 3, 2017: 2pm-5pm, Y-WE Graduation 

Yesler Community Center

917 E Yesler Way, Seattle, WA 98122

  • An afternoon of celebrating the amazing participants and mentors of Y-WE
  • Friends and family are welcome to join

Saturday, June 24, 2017: 7am-5pm, Mt. Rainier National Park

Meet at Beacon Hill Red Apple, 2701 Beacon Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144

  • To celebrate the culmination of our Y-WE Nature Connections year, we will be heading to the Sunrise area of Mt. Rainier for a day of hiking, being together, and learning more about this majestic mountain


Contact Program Specialist, Anna McCracken at or 253-355-1502.

Generous Supporters

Y-WE Nature Connections is made possible by the generous support of the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office, The North Face, The Mountaineers and Y-WE donors.