For Youth ages 11-14 (middle school) who are self-motivated to participate in a supportive group environment for personal growth.

New Roots is a nature-based wellness program for youth who are looking to develop healthy strategies to cope with uncertainty, anxiety and worry. Find peer support and connection with other youth, while exploring new strategies in a fun, no-pressure, safe, and supportive setting. We will explore your connection with the natural world as a resource to manage stress – and will build effective tools for cultivating a peaceful state of mind, at home, at school and outside. Activities include: hiking, games, initiatives, nature-connection, nature art, restoration service projects, solo time, reflection, and more.

Parents/guardians are also asked to participate by attending 2 parent-only education sessions, with a focus on understanding anxiety, supporting youth to take charge of anxiety and worry in their lives, and personal wellness. Parent sessions will be facilitated online via Zoom. Dates TBD.

*People of all genders, sexualities, bodies, ancestries, cultures, and abilities are welcome. Maximum of 10 participants.
*Covid safety policies are in place to manage a safe group outside, physical distancing will be expected, and activities modified to meet these needs.

Generously funded by the City of Victoria.

Program Information


April 28 to June 16


Wednesdays, 3:30 - 5:30pm


Government House Gardens (COVID restrictions permitting), or other nearby park

Program Facilitators

Katy Rose, MA, RCC & awesome practicum students


No fees: generously funded by the City of Victoria.

Registration Information

To Register to this program, please contact:  [email protected].

If finances are a barrier, please let us know. This program has been partially subsidized through fundraising efforts, however, we were not able to fully cover the cost, so bursaries are available on an individual basis. Please inquire.