This is our place, this is our planet…let’s explore!

Applications for our Fall 2020 programs are now closed. Check back soon for Winter 2021 offerings!

Y-WE Nature Connections go kayaking!

Due to social distancing guidelines, the Nature Connections program will look different for the 2020-2021 school year. We are excited to be able to offer two programs for the fall, from October – November. Stay tuned for more offerings in the winter and spring. Check out our fall offerings below!

Nature Art & Journaling: Thursdays 4-6 PM

Together we’ll journal and make art inspired by nature and our inner creative selves. There will be space for deep conversations and building community, as well as time to look inwards and connect deeply with ourselves. As we grow our relationships with nature through art and guided writing, we’ll share in its wisdom, resilience, beauty, and creativity. Facilitated by Rae Parks.

Hands on the Land at Marra Farm: Building Resilience in the Garden and our Lives: Saturdays 9AM-12PM*

With our hands on the land at Marra Farm in South Park, we will connect with the Earth in reciprocal relationship, gain practical gardening skills, and grow fresh, culturally-relevant produce. We will learn how to disrupt the racist and unjust food system dominant in the U.S. through investing in food sovereignty and access locally. We will practice late season gardening – harvesting, washing produce, weeding by hand, overwintering crops, and putting the garden to bed. Along the way, we will develop skills around preserving and canning, herbalism, fruit-tree care, creek restoration, and more. As we engage in listening to and caring for the land in preparation for Winter, we will draw parallels in how to practice deep listening and care for ourselves and our communities. Equipment is provided, no gardening experience necessary! Facilitated by Neli Jasuja.

Community Hikes: Select Saturdays*

Join Program Manager Rae Parks for 3 local day trips to various locations! More information to be provided.

*Please note: Hands on the Land and Community Hikes are in-person programs. Space will be limited in order to ensure we continue to follow the required social distancing guidelines. For those interested in participating in these programs, we will follow-up with more information on our plans regarding safety. We are not able to guarantee transportation support for these in-person programs. If this is a barrier, please contact Tayah ( and we will do what we can to support you to navigate the logistics. 

Questions about Nature Connections?

Contact Program Manager, Rae Parks: | 206-604-1886

Definitely am more aware of my impact on the environment and in my community, as well. It also changes how I think about my educational goals and future.

—Y-WE Nature Connections Youth
Hands on the Land at Marra Farm, Summer 2020

Participating in Y-WE Nature Connections has made me want to be outdoors more and connect with people.

-Y-WE Nature Connections Youth

Nature Connection Supporters:

Y-WE Nature Connections is made possible through the generous support of:

  • Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office
  • King Conservation District
  • REI
  • Clif Bar Family Foundation
  • Russell Family Foundation
  • Beim Foundation
  • Dean Witter Foundation 
  • Keen Effect
  • The Mountaineers
  • GoPro
  • Many generous Y-WE donors.

Thank you for your support!

ELC at Marra Farm

(After a backpacking trip) “I will take away to leave no trace. And how much strength I have. I made it all the way.”

—Y-WE Nature Connections Youth
Your monthly donation deepens Y-WE’s impact.
*those who identify as women or girls or who were assigned female at birth