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Developing Environmentally Sustainable Outdoor Activities for Youth at Risk

The team of Paint and Quarter Horse Foundation Bulgaria was part of the Learning Exchange Event organized by our partners from Trekiffy. The event was part of a series of learning exchanges within the project Youth Going Back to Nature – Engage, Connect, Empower. The teams of the six project partners gathered to work on environmentally sustainable outdoor activities for youth at risk.

A series of activities was organized by all members working together on bringing innovative approaches in executing them:

Treasure Hunt to discover nature (TREKKYFY)

Develop a deeper connection to their community and build trust and relationships with their peers.

Building Trust through Horse Therapy Exercises (PQHF)

Focusing on the present moment, connecting with others and trusting in a position of leaders or being led.

Mapping green areas to understand barriers to nature for youth. (QUEST)

Understanding the challenges in urban settings for youth at risk to access nature

In Nature: From presence to Dual Awareness (EQUILIBRE)

Observing and acknowledging internal experiences while remaining aware of the external environment.

Building awareness of Personal Space and Boundaries (EQUILIBRE)

Cultivating an atmosphere of safety and encouragement, where individuals experience a sense of validation and empathy.

Building Trust through Climbing outdoors (TREKKYFY)

Building relationships by trusting others in exploring the nature.

Breathing Exercises (LSM) Valuable for managing stress, improving relaxation, and enhancing overall well-being. 

Tree Therapy (OAZA)

Connecting with nature in understanding ourselves and appreciating its power to help.


The event was documented and soon will become the second YGBN Documentary. The innovative activities will be gathered and available for free in a Toolkit. The Toolkit will be a useful instrument for youth workers and educators working with young people at risk in our common efforts to help the youth in their personal and professional development.

The first YGBN Toolkit and documentary ‘’Young Women Going Back to Nature’’ were released in 2023. Free for use they can be found here or as a resource at the 

More about the YGBN project can be found here.

Official number of the project: 2022-2-BG01-KA220-YOU-000098776 'This project is funded with the support of the European Commission. This publication reflects only the personal views of its author and the Commission cannot be held responsible for the use of the information contained therein.'

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