Why taking at-risk youth outdoors is important

The benefits to both youth and adults of time spent in nature are backed by a growing body of research. For youths in particular, time outdoors is associated with:

  • Lower rates of anxiety and depression
  • Lower rates of ADHD
  • Lower rates of involvement in the criminal justice system
  • Lower rates of repeat offence for those in the system
  • Higher academic achievement
  • Higher self-confidence
  • Higher self-esteem

The experiences we provide combine these benefits with directed learning opportunities that develop skills in:

  • Teamwork
  • Group dynamics
  • Peer support
  • Leadership

At a minimum, our outdoor experiences give our clients time away from their day-to-day situations and the related stresses, and a glimpse into healthier alternatives and life paths than the ones they may currently be on.