Facilitating long-term change in struggling youth and families since 2007

Preteens (males and females ages 10-12)

Located in the north woods of Wisconsin


Students experience an individualized program structured to pre-adolescence. Fostering strengths and improving upon weaknesses allows your son or daughter to focus on their intervention, treatment, academics, family involvement, and Mastery.  

Why New Vision Wilderness?

Our nationally recognized, individually tailored wilderness therapy programs lead the industry in specialized intervention services and relational model therapy as a catalyst for positive change in struggling preteens.

Fishing with New Vision WIlderness a Wilderness Therapy program in Wisconsin for Pre-teens

Our Philosophy:

New Vision Wilderness (NVW) sets industry standards in therapeutic outdoor programming. NVW empowers the individual to improve decision-making skills and build healthier relationships while working with the individual and their family. NVW provides an unparalleled wilderness experience while adhering to the highest standards of safety and individual attention. The emotional and physical safety of our students is the most important factor for our staff. We offer a “build them up” philosophy focusing on their strengths and encouraging growth in those areas. We utilize both adventure education and psychotherapy to create the change in clients and do not solely rely on a physically challenging regimen as the catalyst for change.

New Vision Wilderness’s Students:

New Vision Wilderness programming includes a personalized wellness plan which incorporates therapeutic growth and Mastery learning in a selected area of interest. Our students most commonly struggle with issues such as unresolved trauma, attachment or adoption challenges with co-occurring issues such as, anxiety, depression, dual diagnosis, low self-esteem or lack of motivation, oppositional defiance, difficulties with decision making, anger management, bipolar disorder, impulse control ADHD/ADD, OCD, eating disorders, and school attendance.

Highlights of

New Vision Wilderness’s preteen Programming:

  • Developmentally focused for the needs of 10-12-year-olds.
  • Clinical modalities including Brainspotting, DDP, and Neuro and attachment focused interventions.
  • Adapted NVW Canine Therapy – Canines visit the group for specific and purposeful therapeutic interaction.
  • Caregiver relationship creates regulation
  • Parallel Play through unconditional acceptance
  • Focused sensory integration experiences via integrated movement
  • Neurobiological regulation through safety, reliable caregiving, trauma exploration, spontaneous play, and developmentally sensitive experiences.
  • Family-focused therapy


New Vision Wilderness strives to support the academic process of our students by providing experiential learning and credit transfer to support the continuation of their education. Visit our Academics page to find out more.

Family Involvement:

Families speak with their child’s therapist weekly and also have an in-person family therapy session during their child’s stay to assist in building strong family ties. For more on family involvement in the therapeutic process visit our Family Therapy page.

Meet Our Team:

Our dynamic staff offers a unique and intensive therapeutic process for clients. Field Therapists and Clinical Specialists are passionate about healing as well as using the outdoors as their office. The field team brings expertise in safe practices, adventure education, and compassion to our students. Biographies of our team are available.

Trauma Informed Care (TIC) Model:

A true Trauma Informed Care model welcomes all levels of care including training in stress responses for all line staff. At New Vision Wilderness, there is an even stronger emphasis on clinical trauma training of the clinical team who compose deep interventions to effectively manage stress in the field. Our model is the result of many years of experience and a collaborative team approach, which is created, maintained and updated by a team of highly experienced professionals.

Adventure Education

Wilderness is an optimal setting for Adventure Education. Our Adventure Education program helps individuals learn about personal growth and relationships by presenting achievable challenges, setting goals, and processing experiences in a group setting. New Vision Wilderness utilizes hiking and Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga as a means to reduce stress and depression, stimulate the brain, and allow individuals to process emotions at higher capacities. In addition to the Adventure Education embedded our daily structure of New Vision Wilderness, we have specialized experiences encompassing rock climbing, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, and cross-country skiing while focusing on communicating and incorporating all five senses, Adventure Education also encourages participants to engage in healthy lifestyles.

Admissions Process:

  1. Contact our Admissions Team at 855.689.8326. We are excited to learn more about your child and to discuss if New Vision Wilderness is the right fit.
  2. Visit our admissions page to begin the online application by clicking “Online Registration” link below. This provides the Admissions Team and Administrative Office with basic information. An Admissions Counselor will contact you within 24 hours.
  3. Receive the Admission Packet from your Admissions Counselor.
  4. Fax, e-mail, or mail completed Admission Packet to New Vision Wilderness. Visit our contact page for complete contact information here.

Online Registration

Pre-teen wilderness immersion program with New Vision Wilderness an outdoor wilderness therapy program.

“Our son is doing well; everyone can see he has come out of the wilderness much beyond those from other programs.”

-S. & A. Preteen Parents

  • Trauma/abuse histories
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Adjustment Disorders
  • Oppositional Defiance
  • Anger Management
  • Adoption/Attachment Issues
  • OCD
  • School Attendance
  • Parent/Child Conflict
  • Low Self-Esteem
  • Relationships
  • Manipulative Behaviors
  • School Motivation/Underachievement
  • Self Harm
  • Grief and Loss Issues


Admissions  –  Adolescents  –  Young Adult  –  Specialty Programs  –  Continuing Care

How To Contact New Vision

To speak to a team member, please fill out the CONFIDENTIAL form below. A team member will contact you within 24 hours.