Embracing the importance of getting outside in Nature and experiencing first hand Nature's power to heal body, mind and spirit, we are creating a supportive community of souls who are committed to each other and those who seek a healthful lifestyle.

We welcome those who share our values and especially those seeking continued healing and a positive community through getting outside in the beautiful wild places together.

We will be getting outside every month all year round--no matter the weather! Adventures include hiking, backpacking, and camping.

Please let us know if there is a special activity or talent you would like to contribute that directly or indirectly helps us do our job better, helps youth and families such as excursion ideas, therapies, hands on courses, mental health training, counseling services, etc.

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Thank You!

Your PBJ Wilderness4Life Coordinators
Ricky Becker

Parents of PBJ Wilderness4Life Mom's Support Group
Emily Vanderipe

Parents of PBJ Wilderness4Life Dad's Support Group
Bret Vanderipe

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PBJ’s Wilderness4Life has a great post-wilderness opportunity for current youth and young adults from Oregon and Washington who are currently in your program, or who have recently graduated! Wild Hearts is a program that's designed to create a safe space for wilderness grads to continue to be immersed in nature with peers who have been through similar experiences.

We want to reach Oregon and Washington families who may be looking for support after bringing their children back home from “Wilderness.”

We will be hosting ½ day, full day, and weekend long excursions for wilderness graduates to create a network of support in their community.

In addition to our hikes for youth and young adults, we will also be hosting periodic outings that are designed specifically for their family. These will be designed to help families experience some of what their children/loved ones may be experiencing during their time participating in wilderness therapy.

We are so excited to start welcoming families & wilderness grads to the PBJF Wilderness4Life experience!

Below you will find a Q&A section that may also be helpful when talking with families. If there are questions that have not been answered below, or you would like to learn more about the Wild Hearts program, please do not hesitate to reach out!


Who will be leading these hikes?
We have a network of volunteers who have been trained in Mental Health First Aid, and some of our volunteers have experience with wilderness therapy programs themselves. These are individuals who see the value in connecting with nature, and the life-long impact that can have on one’s mental health and success.

We invite you to learn more about the Parker Bounds Johnson Foundation, and our volunteers!

What will be happening on these excursions?
We will be reflecting many of the skills that your children have learned through their wilderness program. We will be leading hikes, and other activities that are challenging, but accomplishable. We will be asking participants to “Check-In” and share where their mind, body, and heart are, and what they are feeling.

We will also support participants in leading hikes, check-in’s, games, and other activities with the guidance of our volunteers.

Where will excursions take place?
All over Oregon & Washington! We have excursions planned in locations from Bend, The Columbia Gorge, Mt Hood, Mt St Helens, Mt Bachelor, The Oregon Coast, Forest Park, and all over Oregon and Washington. You may have noticed that there are locations listed for each of these dates. We will be providing specific trailheads/addresses a couple of weeks prior to the date of the excursion.

How much do excursions cost?
We will be accepting donations for travel & supplies. We want these activities to be accessible for all youth and families who are interested. We will be providing transportation, and limited amounts of gear that participants will need to be safe and successful on our excursions. All donations help us make these activities accessible to as many individuals as possible.

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