Wilderness Inner-City Leadership Development (WILD) Program


Learn about environmental justice issues, help take care of urban gardens, gain leadership and community activism skills, and earn a stipend or service learning hours.





For returnees:Register Here

For new participants:Register Here


Please fill out WILD Consent and Medical Form to participate.


Winter programs run for 10 weeks from January 16th – March 26th. Participants must commit to attending all sessions.

Cooking Club: Come hang out with new friends and learn how to cook! Each week, you will be making a new dish together with your peers. Food and supplies are provided. 


Garden Crew: Plan a garden and manage your money with WILD’s Garden Crew! Every week, you will learn a unique garden-related skill, like how to design a garden for butterflies, how to build a raised bed, or a useful tool for how to create a budget and save for the future.

  • Tuesday, 4:30pm – 6:30pm
  • Alternating locations:
    • WILD Office: 601 S King St, Suite 304  Seattle, WA 98104
    • Danny Woo Community Garden: 620 S Main St. Seattle, WA 98104
  • Compensation: $200 stipend


New for Winter is FIELD TEAM!

Field Team: Hone in on your outdoor leadership and conservation skills with the Field Team.  You will get to learn indoor (and possibly outdoor) rock climbing, hiking, as well as bolster your naturalist knowledge.  You will also serve as lead organizers for field trips for both elders and other WILD youth.  Beginners welcome! Limited to 10th-12th graders.
  • Wednesday, 3:15pm – 5:15pm & some Saturdays
  • WILD Office: 601 S King St, Suite 304, Seattle, WA 98104
  • Compensation: 20 service learning hours

About WILD

The Wilderness Inner-City Leadership Development (WILD) program is open to 14-19-year olds who are looking to build leadership qualities like self-confidence and teamwork within the context of environmental education, civic engagement, and intergenerational relationship building. During the school year, we offer an after school drop-in program and an environmental justice and advocacy fellowship. In the summer, we offer paid hands-on opportunities in urban gardening, engaging community in parks, cultural events, and outdoor recreation.

Since our inception in 1997, WILD has served about 1,000 primarily low-income, Asian and Pacific Islander (API) immigrant and refugee youth. Graduates of WILD have come back to Interim CDA as college interns, program coordinators, and even full-time staff! We are proud to have a 20-year legacy of developing environmentally-informed leaders of color and building relationships with elders and residents of the Chinatown-International District.


To stay up to date on our projects, follow us on Facebook: @WILDProgram.


Thank yo to our 2017 partners!