Welcome to Project Imo! We are a 501c3 charitable educational organization that focuses on youth and community development and environmental conservation through shared experiences with each other and nature. We use a variety of experiential learning modalities such as adventure education, project-based learning, and experiential peacebuilding programs to connect people to self, other, and the broader natural world.
Our vision sees empowered, sustainable, diverse, and equitable communities connected with the environment where youth and the natural world are included as members with leadership voice.
Our mission is to provide immersive experiential and adventure education programs to help youth and communities develop relationships; provide access to nature to under-resourced communities; and spark environmental conservation.
In practice, our mission journey uses adventurous day and overnight programs for youth and adult community groups such as backpacking, hiking, paddle sports, adventure education sequences, nature-focused STEAM education, technology integrations, and structured community partnership programs. Our goals are to deliver tremendous program experiences supported by frameworks and partnership agreements that create success pipelines long after the program is over.
Empowering young people. Building self. Leadership is the #1 trait to be seen on resumes according to employers and colleges. This is how.
Hiking, canoeing, kayaking.
Immersive leadership development at its finest.
World-renown mentorship. Right here at home.
Challenging young people to discover their potential, build their purpose, passion and place in the work with a global framework for non-formal education and learning.
Individualized. Developmental. Inspirational.
Ever wanted to learn Wilderness First Aid? How about how to properly prepare for a backpacking trip? Is building a bushcraft shelter and building a bow fire for you? This is the place. Kids classes, adult workshops, family programs.
Whether you work in a school, office, outdoor educational facility, or anywhere else, we have a workshop for you. Facilitation trainings, first aid/CPR, trauma-informed practices, organizational leadership, and more.
Let our Villages work together.
Welcome to the Village Voices Podcast by Project Imo where we explore topics of outdoor education, positive youth development, community building, nature education, and environmental conservation. Stream. Listen. Follow. Share your Voice.
Providing shared adventure experience to connect community members to our dedicated public servants. Scientifically validated practices for justice, reconciliation, and equity.
We'll help with policy and M.O.U. development, collect the data, and help your agency be the finest it can be.
"As soon as the Project Imo volunteers became involved with our Camp Touchstone program, the entire endeavor was elevated to a new level. Every detail of the week was meticulously planned with the unique needs of our client population and our philosophical goals in mind.
The Imo volunteers presented an incredible array of fun and engaging activities, and their group facilitation and process skills brought reflection, intentionality, and meaning to each day. We unknowingly chose the hottest week of the summer, but our Imo staff consistently showed up with energy and enthusiasm to spare. By the end of the week, our little community was changed for the better and our students had experienced the transformative magic of summer camp.
Our students and our staff will always be thankful for the memories of our special week with Project Imo. Thank you to Jay, Jess, and Diana for an unforgettable program!"
-Katie Ryan, M.A., S.Y.C. Principal, Touchstone School