Why Choose Primitive Instincts YNP?
There’s no place like Primitive Instincts Youth Nature Program in Wimberley, Texas, where there is a major importance on community, the passions of the children, and following through with complex, conceptual thinking skills.
Combining the goals and objectives of district formal education classes along with inspiring philosophies of informal environmental education, Primitive Instincts provides a tremendously enriching curriculum. This is while kids gain a life-long relationship with the outdoors safely, with a skilled, caring, and knowledgeable instructor. Children will be treated with respect, love, and independent capability. Students will experience science, art, engineering, math, as well as free exploration. Self-reliance and self-discovery is influenced, as well as community and respect.
During a time where there is more disconnection to our environment rather than deep connections to nature, it is vital to find the links that bond us to the natural world. Richard Louv, a well-known author who wrote Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Natural-Deficit Disorder, believes “that a reconnection to the natural world is fundamental to human health, well-being, and survival”. There is a multitude of research supporting the need for people to get outside. In response, doctors have prescribed time outside to help with obesity, stress, anxiety and depression.
For more information on the research advancing the child and nature movement, a great resource is: https://www.childrenandnature.org/learn/research/
There are multiple inspirations that led to the creation of Primitive Instincts YNP.
Here is a peek at people whom inspire our program:
You and your children
“We reached the old wolf in time to watch a fierce green fire dying in her eyes. I realized then and have known ever since that there was something new to me in those eyes, something known only to her and to the mountain. I was young then and full of trigger-itch; I thought that because fewer wolves meant more deer, that no wolves would mean hunters’ paradise. But after seeing the green fire die, I sensed that neither the wolf nor the mountain agreed with such a view.”
Thinking Like a Mountain, A Sand County Almanac
“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.”
The Sense of Wonder
“Through interpretation, understanding; through understanding, appreciation; through appreciation, protection”
“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.”
“In a culture in which "connection" usually refers to the strength of the cell phone signal, quieting the mind - even just sitting alone in the backyard, much less in the forest - can be a difficult rite of passage.”
“As awareness grows, appreciation grows too. As appreciation grows, so does empathy.”
What the Robin Knows: How Birds Reveal the Secrets of the Natural World
"This is a very important moment: You have literally just given birth to an element, and it is to be revered and completely treated with respect. We simply turn it upside down and begin to give it little, tiny, baby food.”
― A comment regarding building a fire out of natural elements
“A child who loves to fish will become an adult who will work to protect our fisheries. A child who loves to canoe will become an adult who will fight to protect our rivers. We will fail them miserably if we do not make the effort to engage them in both the joys and responsibilities of using and caring for our water resources for they are the voters and taxpayers of the future. More important, if children grow up without the opportunities we have had in our lifetimes to experience the spectacular aquatic environment of our state, they will miss one of the greatest joys and privileges of being Texans.”
Water in Texas
“Passion is lifted from the earth itself by the muddy hands of the young; it travels along grass-stained sleeves to the heart. If we are going to save environmentalism and the environment, we must also save an endangered indicator species: the child in nature.”
Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder
“The senses, being explorers of the world, open the way to knowledge.”