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* grow a personal relationship with the earth as we experience and learn about our incredible natural spaces first-hand. In every workshop, adventure, and field trip, we deepen our relationship with ourselves, others, and our communities. We develop leadership skills and outdoor skills. And we explore issues of sustainability and environmental stewardship in order to build healthier, more resilient communities.

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

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 2019 – July 2020 In a diverse and supportive community of girls and women, Y-WE Nature Connections participants explore the outdoors. We connect with beautiful wild places through fun adventures including hiking, kayaking, rock climbing, camping, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, foraging and more. In doing so, we deepen our relationships with ourselves,each other, our communities and nature. We actively engage our bodies and practice outdoor skills that increase our enjoyment and empowerment as well as safety and resilience. We discover ways to care for our shared natural environment and live sustainably. Participants meet 1-2 Saturdays a month from October 2019-July 2020, with 2 overnight weekend programs in the spring. Applications are currently closed.

Nature Connections Main Cohort Calendar*

*subject to change.

Environmental Leadership Council (ELC): October 2019 – June 2020

In the ELC, participants deepen their awareness of environmental justice issues and gain skills to take action in meaningful ways. The ELC is a group of 12-15 youth and 5 adult mentors who meet every other Thursday during the school year in the greater Seattle area, with occasional events on other days. As we enter the ELC’s second year, we will explore local environmental and food justice issues, grow food at Marra Farm and share it with neighbors, host community workshops and meals, and explore our personal connections to food. Along the way, we will develop leadership and facilitation skills and learn from environmental justice professionals. Most importantly, we will use our own creativity and passion to develop ideas and take action for cultivating a healthier world. Applications are currently closed

Environmental Leadership Council Calendar

Nature Connections is facilitated by Neli Jasuja and Rae Parks. 

Nature Connections News & Updates

Photo//Michael B. Maine Photography

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

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, The Dean Witter Foundation and many generous Y-WE donors.

Thank you for your support!