Wilderness Immersion and Leadership Development (W.I.L.D.)

A skill-building, mindfulness-based backcountry program for teenage boys

W.I.L.D., Back to Earth's backpacking program, supports teenage boys to achieve their next level of maturity and express their authentic selves. Participants learn how to travel safely in the backcountry, manage risk, and develop real world leadership skills. Through a variety of nature awareness and mindfulness practices, we develop relationships with nature that sustain good physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. W.I.L.D.'s unique combination of hard skills training, expressive arts, and rites of passage work fosters a culture of gratitude and resilience that supports transformative personal growth. The challenges of a wilderness immersion allow young men to explore their edges and abilities, while learning to care for themselves. 

Nathan is a three time w.i.l.d. guy, as well as a gifted poet and filmmaker. he made the short video below from footage he captured on our advanced trip last summer. 

Our Mission

We support young men who want to develop personal and practical skills for navigating the transition between adolescence and adulthood.

We encourage young men to be honest, courageous and responsible in their words and actions.

We teach a model of leadership based on personal responsibility, humility, gratitude, and joy.

We are committed to redistributing access to wild places as a basic human need.