Young Women Empowered

Y-WE Nature Connections


This is our place…this is our planet. Let’s explore!

In Y-WE Nature Connections, young women* build a personal relationship with our amazing natural world as we experience and learn about our local natural places first-hand. In every workshop, adventure and field trip, we dive into the importance of sustainable living and find out about ways to protect our natural places.

UPDATE: Our Nature Connections programs are full for this year. We’ll see you next year!

*those who identify as women or girls or were assigned female at birth

Click here for an inspiring testimonial from a Nature Connections mentor!

The Y-WE Nature Connections program includes two powerful communities: the Y-WE Nature Connections Main Cohort (NCMC) and the Environmental Leadership Council (ELC). Participants choose one of these communities for the full program year.

Y-WE Nature Connections Main Cohort: October 25th, 2018-July 2019
In a supportive and diverse community of girls and women, Y-WE Nature Connections participants have fun exploring the outdoors. We 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, hiking and more. NCMC meets 2-3 times a month from October 2018-June 2019. Our meetings take place on weekends, with a few Thursday night meetings throughout the year.

Environmental Leadership Council: October 12th, 2018-June 2019
The ELC is a new Y-WE program in 2018.  It was born out of a desire of Y-WE Nature Connections participants to deepen our awareness of environmental justice issues and gain facilitation skills to take action in meaningful ways. The ELC is a group of 12-15 youth and 5 adult mentors who meet 2-3 times a month in the greater Seattle area. Our meetings take place both on weekday evenings and on some weekends. During ELC meetings, we will explore what it means to live in a healthy world, learn about environmental justice issues in our community, learn about food justice and healthy eating, hear from professionals working in the environmental field, and deepen our leadership and facilitation skills.


2018-2019 Y-WE Nature Connections Schedules**

Y-WE Nature Connections Main Cohort:

  • Oct. 12th: Nature Connections Main Cohort Schedule Due
  • Oct. 13th: Y-WE Open House @ Y-WE Office
  • Oct. 25th: Y-WE Nature Connections Family/Community Orientation Night @ Camp Long
  • Nov. 10th: First Program Day, Location TBD
  • Dec. 8th: Snowshoeing at Mt. Rainier National Park
  • Dec. 14th: Community Climbing Night at Seattle Bouldering Project
  • Jan. 12th: Cross Country Skiing at Lake Easton State Park
  • Jan. 24th: Wilderness First Aid Evening, Location TBD
  • Jan. 26th: STEM Exploration Day at Microsoft
  • Feb. 9th: Tree Planting with King County Parks, Location TBD
  • Feb. 21st: Introduction to Rock Climbing Evening, Location TBD
  • March 16th: Environmental Learning Day at Fort Casey
  • April 6th-7th: Rock Climbing and Camping Trip, Location TBD
  • April 27th: Y-WE Career Day at Cascadia College-UW Bothell
  • May 11th: Kayaking, Location TBD
  • May 25th: Youth Leadership Summit, Location TBD
  • June 1st: Community Celebration, Location TBD
  • June 8th: Day of Environmental Learning and Action at Deception Pass
  • July: Backpacking Trip, Location TBD

Environmental Leadership Council (ELC):

  • Sept. 21st: ELC Application Due
  • Oct. 18th: First Group Gathering, Location TBD
  • Oct. 25th: Y-WE Nature Connections Family/Community Orientation Night at Camp Long
  • Nov. 16th-18th: Overnight Retreat, Location TBD
  • Dec. 6th: ELC Meeting, Location TBD
  • Dec. 14th: Community Climbing Night at Seattle Bouldering Project
  • Jan. 19th: Day with Duwamish Valley Youth Corps
  • Jan. 26th: STEM Exploration Day at Microsoft
  • Jan. 29th: Environmental Justice 101, Location TBD
  • Feb. 19th: Environmental Career Panel, Location TBD
  • March 2nd: Ignite Gala at The Museum of Flight
  • March: Action Day (Exact date and location TBD)
  • March 16th: Environmental Learning Day at Fort Casey
  • April 20th: Foraging and Growing Food at Camp Long
  • April 27th: Y-WE Career Day at Cascadia College-UW Bothell
  • May: Planning Night for Youth Leadership Summit (Exact date and location TBD)
  • May 25th: Youth Leadership Summit, Location TBD
  • June 1st: Community Celebration, Location TBD
  • June 8th: Day of Environmental Learning and Action at Deception Pass

**Schedule is subject to change. We will keep you updated ASAP.


Photo//Michael B. Maine Photography

Questions?
Contact Program Manager, Anna McCracken
Email: connect@y-we.org     Phone: 253-355-1502

Supporters
Y-WE Nature Connections is made possible through the generous support of the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office, REI, Clif Bar Family Foundation, The Russell Family Foundation, Keen Effect, The Mountaineers and many generous Y-WE donors.

Thank you for your support!