Wild Zones—"Nurturing a generation of youth who love the earth and love their own lives." Wild Zones and Create-with-Nature Zones are places where adults, children and adolescents can co-create a new form of public space that is dedicated to creativity and play in nature. They differ from parks and play areas because they offer opportunities to interact with the environment rather than leaving it untouched.
Mia Andler – ages: 4-15 - Place-based Nature Education Youth programs and wild food walks
Farm Alley – Marin - Ages 7-11Marin Farm Alley offers classes and camps for kids to create clothing, shelter, and food in an artistic and child-centered environment.
Fiber Shed – Bay Area - Fibershed empowers, educates, and networks the region’s farmers and artisans in the design, implementation, and use of a bio-regionally-based, renewable-energy-powered supply chain. Fibershed exists to support innovations within our region, to enhance and create where necessary, the essential tools and materials needed to produce ecologically conscious clothing that represents systemic beauty—from seed to skin.
Jack Muir Laws – Bay Area - Nature Drawing - Jack is going to start a series of nature sketching meet-ups in the San Francisco Bay Area. The goal is to create a community of nature sketching enthusiasts who support and inspire each other. He envisions nature sketching potluck picnics and hikes, family friendly programs, combination of sketching demonstrations, nature exploration, and time to create your own work. His web site has information about nature drawing, publications and books, events, and blog.
Blake Garden Create-With-Nature Zone - A 1200-square foot public area for creating with nature is situated within the 11-acre University of California Blake Garden, and natural materials from the garden are provided for use. The Create-With-Nature Zone is open whenever Blake Garden is open. The Zone can accomodate a group of 30 adults and children. No reservations are needed, but for groups of more than 10 people, it is suggested to contact the Blake Garden manager. Four miles north of the Berkeley campus in the town of Kensington, California. See the Create-With-Nature Zone web page for photos, directions, and more.
River of Words - encourages young people to create art and poetry about their local habitats. River of Words is now a program of The Center for Environmental Literacy (CEL) at Saint Mary's College of California. They also have poetry competitions for kids.