The Kauffmann Program in Environmental Writing and Wilderness Exploration
This program seeks to educate students in the larger community about the importance of wilderness and nature. With a focus on environmental thinking, writing, conservation, and wilderness travel, the program is intended to create opportunities for NYA students, high school students across Maine, and the larger community to acknowledge the importance of wilderness conservation and environmental issues.
This piece titled “The Wildest Thing” was written by Kauffmann Program Director Ian Ramsey for Oregon’s Territory Run Company. It is about how time in wilderness brings out the best in kids, and it references last year’s NYA trip to Alaska. (Note: Ian is an ambassador for Oregon’s Territory Run Company’s brand.)
The Kauffmann Program is aligned with NYA’s mission to develop a “concern for the larger community and appreciation for the natural environment.” The program seeks to preserve and extend the legacy of former NYA trustee John M. Kauffmann, a neighbor and friend of NYA who had a lifelong passion for public lands and wilderness conservation.