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and we’re on a mission to

PROTECT OUR WILD PLACES

America’s Wild Places is a grassroots non-profit working to share the healing powers of nature, inspire adventure and promote conservation through visual storytelling.

YEARS

national parks

amazing journey

On October 26, 2013

On that day, Chris was cycling home from work and was involved in a hit and run accident that left him with a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Overnight, the life he once knew disappeared. As days turned to weeks and weeks to months, the severity of what Chris was dealing with began to take shape: significant long-term memory loss and challenges with his short-term memory, sensory and cognitive overload, PTSD, extreme anxiety, depression, persistent fatigue and chronic pain.

and six years later Chris and his partner Nathalie founded America’s Wild Places, a grassroots non-profit with a mission to: share the healing powers of nature, inspire adventure and promote conservation through visual storytelling.

Chris, Nathalie & the Toyo will be embarking on this grand adventure together!

We know Wild Places mean something different to everyone.

But we also know that without them, we cannot know what it means to be fully human. Through our ‘Protect Our Wild Places’ campaign, we aim to create a platform that connects, inspires and gives voice to those passionate about protecting our Wild Places.

As we collect images from our ‘Protect Our Wild Places’ campaign,

our goal is to gather one million stories from those passionate about the preservation of our public lands. When completed, One Million Reasons Why will not only be the largest collaborative piece of art ever created, but more importantly, it will serve as a visual petition to our World’s Leaders about the importance of protecting our Wild Places.

At the culmination of our project we will curate a fine art, black and white photography exhibit and accompanying photography book. From the funds raised our goal is to:

1.) Create an art & wilderness therapy scholarship fund for TBI survivors and,

2.) Launch an international non-profit dedicated to promoting conservation through visual storytelling.

Our team

Christopher Baker

Co-Founder & Dirtbag Photographer

Nathalie Claes

Co-Founder & Tree Hugger

Kate Wolfenden

Storyteller & Cupid

The Toyo

Our Home on Wheels

What Guides Us

Gratitude

Gratitude is the cornerstone of how we choose to live our lives. Our love for the earth activates us to defend, protect and celebrate our wild places.

Optimism

We believe in building bridges, not walls, and inviting everyone to take part in the conversation around conserving, protecting and celebrating our Wild Places.

Exploration

We desire to explore what lies beyond the iconic landmarks of our national parks, and to highlight the hidden gems and natural wonders of the backcountry wilderness, waterways and wildlife that few visitors get to experience.

Storytelling

We are committed to honoring the stories of wild places and wildlife through powerful and emotive visual imagery. Through story we unleash the human capacity for empathy that has the power to connect and spark action.

education

We endeavour to use the media we create on our expedition to fuel conversations around the diverse environments and wildlife that make up our Wild Places, and the unique challenges they face. 

Conservation

We are driven by responding to the challenges of environmental degradation and climate change that our Wild Places are experiencing. We believe that by working together we can achieve unprecedented successes in conservation.

Help Us Protect America’s Wild Places!

From sharing our project with family and friends to sponsoring a park, there are many ways you can help us Protect America’s Wild Places. 

Starts at $1

Donate

starts at: $3

Join our patreon

Starts at $75

Purchase a signature print

starts at $2000

Sponsor a park

 

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