“In the end, we will conserve only what we love. We will love only what we understand. We will understand only what we are taught.”
~ Baba Dioum, Senegalese Conservationist
WAEI is a Colorado based conservation organization established to ignite connections to the outdoors. WAEI’s innovative programs provide participants the opportunity to learn about and fully experience the joy of the outdoors. Our introductory courses cover nearly all aspects of our outdoor world. Workshops and courses are offered for women, families, and young adults, and college students. Nature is important, essential, for adults and children in every major way and WAEI is doing its part in providing unforgettable nature experiences.
Years ago, outdoor activities, experiences, skills and knowledge were passed from generation to generation. It gave individuals the knowledge needed to engage in the outdoors, a desire to recreate outdoors and a passion towards all things wild. The development of an environmental ethic and the foundation for living a healthy lifestyle – mentally and physically – were significant benefits that the outdoor world provided. For numerous reasons, this knowledge is no longer being passed to our youth. Several generations have matured with little exposure to nature. Experts ranging from the American Academy of Pediatrics to the Kaiser Family Foundation have drawn a direct link from lack of time outdoors to youth obesity, attention disorders, depression, and academic performance. All agree: children and adults need exposure to nature the same way they need good nutrition and adequate sleep.
With declining participation in outdoor activities and rises in health ailments, our conservation heritage and outdoor traditions which shaped our country, providing for a strong society, economy and way of life are at risk. The good news – the solution is right outside our door. WAEI follows the latest research, is a source of new programs, and defines new strategies that foster healthy, sustainable connections between individuals of all ages and the outdoors.