Backyard Basecamp

#NatureIsEverywhere

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Inspiring Black, Indigenous, and all People of Color (BIPOC) across Baltimore City to find nature where they are and empowering them to explore further.


origin story

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Backyard Basecamp was founded, and is operated, by Atiya Wells. A pediatric nurse with a passion to introduce, educate, and connect families in Baltimore, especially those of color, to local outdoor spaces.


While learning more about our natural world, she often noticed that she could count the number of BIPOC folks in the room on one hand. Diving into research and history, she learned that ancestral wounding and historical trauma are key players in the lack of diversity in nature-based programming.


She has dedicated her time to slowly introducing BIPOC folks to nature by starting with nature walks in their own neighborhoods, eventually embarking on a journey into the many wild spaces across Baltimore.

what we do

Educator Training

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Hands-on workshops and classes for nature-based curriculum integration

Village Building

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Deepening connection and engaging our community on regenerative cultural practices

Habitat Discovery Program

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Facilitated nature education for classrooms 

Traverse With A Nurse

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A monthly adult only program engaging with the Core Routines of Nature Connection

Speaking Engagements

11/12/2019

7th National Farm-Based Education Conference

Pearlstone Center

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11/12/2019

7th National Farm-Based Education Conference

Keynote Address

Pearlstone Center

10/26/2019

Little Explorers: A Conversation About Connecting Your Family To The Outdoors

National Museum of African American History & Culture

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10/26/2019

Little Explorers: A Conversation About Connecting Your Family To The Outdoors

National Museum of African American History & Culture

10/15/2019 - 10/19/2019

2019 SHIFT Festival

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

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10/15/2019 - 10/19/2019

2019 SHIFT Festival

Nature as Medicine: The Business Case

  • Access For All
  • Bird Language Workshop

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

10/12/2019

Baltimore Innovation Week

Baltimore, Maryland

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10/12/2019

Baltimore Innovation Week

Faces of Social Innovation

Baltimore, Maryland

10/5/2019

ERAFANS Tender Sprouts Caregiver Workshop

Baltimore, Maryland

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10/5/2019

ERAFANS Tender Sprouts Caregiver Workshop

Wild Wee Ones: Bringing Babies Outside

Baltimore, Maryland

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