Mission

WonderFueled Adventures curates learning and life experiences for young people living in rural and geographically isolated areas who have limited access to resources, diversity, and mentors in the things that interest them most. Employing self-awareness, mindfulness, surprise, diversity, collaboration, and hands-on implementation, we personalize our journeys to explore the unique inner worlds, hopes, passions, and curiosities of our young Adventurers...

and ignite their senses of Wonder.

A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.
— Oliver Holmes
Cara Hines, Founder and Chief Curator of WonderFueled Adventures, with one of our awesome Adventurers.

Cara Hines, Founder and Chief Curator of WonderFueled Adventures, with one of our awesome Adventurers.

WonderFueled Adventures curates learning and life experiences for young people living in rural and other geographically isolated areas who have limited access to resources, diversity, and mentors in the things that interest them most. Employing self-awareness, mindfulness, surprise, diversity, collaboration, and hands-on implementation, we personalize our journeys to explore the unique inner worlds, hopes, passions, and curiosities of our young Adventurers and ignite their senses of Wonder.

WonderFueled selects small groups of exceptionally curious young people to take a journey, and together we explore your curiosities. You tell us what you wonder about, then we craft experiences that connect your curiosities to the people living them and the places where they thrive. Along the way, we all discover new wonders we didn't know existed. We might explore local culture, cuisine, museums, artists, creative professionals, theaters, entrepreneurs, communities, universities and higher education institutions, scientists, nature, public transportation, musicians, community gardens, marine biologists, organic farms, fashion designers, technology, or anywhere else your curiosity might lead us. Each adventure includes a service project in one of the communities we visit. Wonderers are given opportunities to navigate confidently in new places, interact with professionals, make connections with people in their fields of interest, develop leadership skills, learn valuable new information, experience diversity, discover new possibilities for their futures, learn ways to know their inner worlds better, bring it all home to share with their communities, make lifelong friends with fellow Wonderers...and have a lot of fun in the process!


PROCESS

We Talk about how we select adventurers, then curate the experiences that match their curiosities, how we partner with people doing what they dream of who believe in our mission, prep them for their adventures, the adventure and fuel tanks, and the return home. Reference the Hero's Journey.

WELCOME, WONDERFUELED ADVENTURERS!

1)  PREPARATION:  As soon as you are on board, WonderFueled will begin the process of curating the adventure to match your curiosities. We will help prepare you for the eye-opening and mind-growing experience of exploration in new places. We will be your logistics team, making sure you're prepared with what you need for your Adventure and helping you get to and from safely.

2)  ADVENTURE:  We will experience your curiosities through our Fuel Tanks. They're FULL of wonders and the people living them! Your understanding of the world will expand by leaps and bounds. Your capacity to empathize with others will grow. You will gain confidence, and possibilities for you and the world you'll create.

3)  RETURN:  The Adventure isn't over! You've integrated new experiences and understandings, and you can take home with you. We encourage you to stay connected with the people and resources you met on your Adventure to help share what you've learned with your friends, school, family and community. Start an initiative in your school or town. Stay in touch with your fellow WonderFueled Adventurers and Guides. And always live life with wide-eyed wonder!


FUEL TANKS

What fuels YOU?

FUEL TANKS are the categories of learning and life experiences you might encounter on your adventure. Some of them, like Well-Being and Mobility, are incorporated into every WonderFueled Adventure. Others are included based on what you tell us you're curious about. You choose what fuels your wonder!

FOOD / Production / Preparation / Procurement / Sharing / Consumption
ENVIRONMENTS / Nature / Rural / Urban / Suburban / Work / Home
ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN / Spaces / Objects / Structures
ART AND GRAPHICS / 2D & 3D Visual Art / Animation / Illustration / Studios / Galleries
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY / Programming / Games / Software / Hardware / Robotics / Automation / Interface / Industry
STORY AND PERFORMANCE / Writing / Poetry / Spoken Word / Music / Dance
COMMUNITY AND CULTURE / Service / Communication / Cultural Beliefs and Practices / Social Justice
WELL-BEING / Health / Mind-Body / Movement / Brain / Diet / Self-Awareness / Gratitude Practice
MOBILITY / Public Transportation / Cycling / Mapping / GPS
SYSTEMS / Public Works / Government / Interconnectedness

Curiosity is the engine of achievement.
— Sir Ken Robinson