WildPlaces

466 E Putnam Ave
Porterville CA  93257

Phone: (559) 539-5263

WildPlaces

Envision a thinking, feeling population of young adults who practice revereance for Nature everyday, and it is ours.

WildPlaces is rewilding the future by inspiring reverence for Mother Nature and engaging youth and adults in land and river stewardship projects.


WildPlaces is a community based non-profit organization based in Springville, California in the foothills of the Southern Sierra Nevada Mountains. WildPlaces’ efforts create and support communities that are active stewards of the land through education, youth service learning, community organizing, and hands-on restoration projects. Our projects include:


* Immersed in the Wild provides single and multi-day outdoor programs that engage under-served youth of diverse ages, backgrounds, and communities throughout California in land stewardship. Expert youth facilitators and activists guide our youth in safe and effective education sessions

* Río Limpio: Tule River Outreach, Clean-up, and Education program stewards over 20 miles of river from Porterville up to the top of the Tule River Watershed and beyond to the Kern River watershed and Kern River. The program organizes hundreds of volunteers each year to take direction action on keeping our rivers clean and safe and better. Tule River Outreach and Cleanup is a watershed-wide community effort to keep the Tule River safe, clean and open for all to use. Volunteers clear garbage and remove graffiti from the river while reaching out to and educating river users on the importance of good stewardship practices. WildPlaces has recently partnered with the U.S. Forest Service, Community Services Employment Training (CSET), Sierra Nevada Conservancy and others to gather resources for a long term watershed wide management program.
Sequoia Forest Days

* Sequoia Forest Days program collects and propagates Giant Sequoia seeds, plants the seedlings on the Trail of 100 Giants in the Giant Sequoia National Monument, and cares for them for threes years. The seedlings are propagated in WildPlaces' Springville nursery as well as partner nurseries in CA from seeds collected from the Trail of 100 Giants. Volunteers and especially youth do all of this work.

* Service Learning is a holistic approach to education that combines classroom-based learning with hands-on service projects in the students’ own communities. WildPlaces organizes place-based service learning projects throughout the southern Sierra Nevada that engage youth from local high schools in Tulare and Kern Counties in issues that are relevant to their communities with an emphasis on environmental stewardship.
Outdoor Educator Trainings

* Outdoor Educator Trainings prepare local and regional community members, educators, activists, land owners, scientists, and others to be leaders and facilitators for WildPlaces’ outdoor education programs as well as their own respective programs. Both experienced and new leaders emerge from the training more connected as a team, more prepared for the field conditions, and inspired by nature to work strongly together on upcoming youth events.

* Springville Nursery WildPlaces and the U.S. Forest Service work in cooperation at a joint nursery to propagate native species for restoration and education purposes. We grow native oaks to increase awareness about the status of oak woodlands in California and educate private landowners on the benefits of using native drought tolerant plants in a region that is prone to prolonged drought. We also grow Giant Sequoia seedlings and native willows that will be re-planted in the Giant Sequoia National Monument at volunteer restoration and education events with the Forest Service.

WildPlaces is funded by private local, regional, and national foundations as well as county and state agencies, and private partnerships that help bring funding, resources, partnerships, and trainings. Our operating budget is less than $100K and can be r

Our mission is to preserve, support, and protect California’s natural and rural places and the peoples of these landscapes through volunteer-driven habitat restoration, nature and culture education, and career development.

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Events

Jennie Lakes Wilderness Outreach and Education

Jennie Lakes Wilderness Outreach and Education
12:00 am - 07/24/2027

At WildPlaces

Join us on July 24-26th and August 21-23rd, of 2015 on the Hume Lake Ranger District Sequoia National Forest for a weekend of outreach and wilderness presentations...

Past Events

Native Plant Nursery Day With University of Redlands

Native Plant Nursery Day With University of Redlands
09:00 am - 10/09/2017

At WildPlaces

It's that time of the year when willow cuttings, oak acorns and other Native plants must be propagated for next season's habitat restoration plantings. Meadows are...

Jennie Lakes Wilderness adventure outing

Jennie Lakes Wilderness adventure outing
08:00 am - 08/03/2017

At WildPlaces

Volunteer's are needed for this multi day backpacking trip through the Jennie Lakes Wilderness area. WildPlaces will be joining Sequoia National Forest Wilderness...

Rio Limpio: Western Divide Outreach and Leave No Trace Project

Rio Limpio: Western Divide Outreach and Leave No Trace Project
11:00 am - 07/09/2017

At WildPlaces

WildPlaces will join a partner organization on the Kern, Kern River Conservancy on 7/9/17 at 10 am on Loyd Meadows for a post 4th of July clean up in the Western...

Our Voice #SavetheGiants

Our Voice #SavetheGiants
06:00 pm - 07/07/2017

At WildPlaces

Meet in the outside back porch of CHMA building where we will hand out materials to volunteers and then mobilize to canvas for public comment letters of support...

#SavetheGiants

#SavetheGiants
03:00 pm - 06/30/2017

At WildPlaces

In light of the decision by the Tulare County Board of Supervisors to support executive order which would eliminate most of the Giant Sequoia National Monument,...

Native Bee Field Day

Native Bee Field Day
09:00 am - 06/24/2017

At WildPlaces

Native Bee Field Day in Sierra Meadows Why: Bumble bees are very important in the pollination of native flowers in natural ecosystems and often are encountered...

Movie night

Movie night
07:00 pm - 06/16/2017

At WildPlaces

Come and enjoy the evening with WildPlaces and our partner organisation, Youth Academy of Art and Culture (AJAC, Academica Juvenil de Arte y Cultura). The biopic...

Cedar WildFire Tree Planting II

Cedar WildFire Tree Planting II
08:30 am - 06/03/2017

At WildPlaces

This tree planting is located in the Cedar Wildfire Burn Area located up at Portuguese Pass and near Sugarloaf. Travel time is an hour from Porterville and requires...

National forest foundation  capacity building workshop

National forest foundation capacity building workshop
08:30 am - 05/24/2017

At WildPlaces

The National Forest Foundation (NFF) is hosting a capacity-building workshop for community-based and collaborative forest management groups in Sacramento on May...

WildLeaders Training

WildLeaders Training
09:00 am - 05/13/2017

At WildPlaces

WildPlaces' staff, new volunteer recruits, and Program Leaders attend this two-day workshop and receive specific site/field training to ensure safety and program...

Repainting the Recycling Container in Springville

Repainting the Recycling Container in Springville
10:00 am - 04/20/2017

At WildPlaces

wildplaces.net/events/?view=calendar&month=April-2017 Remember the recycling container on the Hwy 190 above Springville that WildPlaces had placed 8 years ago?...

Two Spirit Gathering

Two Spirit Gathering
12:00 am - 04/14/2017

At WildPlaces

WildPlaces is part of planning and a host of the Two Spirit Gathering event, Temazcali sweat lodge and gathering specifically planned for indigenous LGBTQ people...

Cesar Chavez Day of Service

Cesar Chavez Day of Service
09:00 am - 04/01/2017

At WildPlaces

WildPlaces will join Academie Jovenile Arte Y cultura (AJAC) for a day of tree planting at CHMA , home of the Artboles mural and previous home of WildPlaces. Volunteers...

Documentary Film Making and Summer Project Sites Scouting

Documentary Film Making and Summer Project Sites Scouting
09:00 am - 02/18/2017

At WildPlaces

I think it's gonna be a hoot. Casey and Claudia are putting together a short sizzle piece about WP to recruit volunteers, impress funders and to look cool. The...

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