The Wildwoods Foundation, a project of Community Partners
The Wildwoods Foundation is a non-profit youth services organization thatprovides ecology-based programs for Los Angeles schools. With a focus on the urban ecology and how our actions impact each other as much as the natural environment, our programs are a blend of natural science and social science. We were founded in 2000 as a response to the shooting at Columbine High School. We sought to expand the boundaries of traditional outdoor education to include activities that address human relations and social issues. We offer 4 main programs:
Full Circle is an eight-week program for elementary school classes. Full Circle combines team-building, outdoor exploration, visual arts, technology and community service. The Full Circle curriculum was the 2012 recipient of the Governor's Environmental and Economic Leadership Award for Environmental Education.
Oakgrove is a student-led human relations program for high schools. Twice a year, the program's leadership council conducts a weekend retreat for 80 - 100 students at a camp in the mountains. The program has been active at Venice High School since 1972. Wildwoods adopted the program in 2008 and has since expanded it to two new high schools near downtown LA.
A Drop in the Bucket is our water education program that is relaunching after a 2-year hiatus thanks to a contract with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.
Ecoliteracy & Systems Thinking is our teacher training program that helps classroom teachers learn how to integrate ecological themes across multiple disciplines and apply ecological principles in classroom management.