Wilderness Therapy Preteens

Preteen (SASQUATCH) Program mixed gender groups ages 10-12

Located in the north woods of Wisconsin

Preteen students experience an individualized program structured to pre-adolescence in a positive and supportive environment. 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 program leads the industry in specialized intervention services and relational model therapy for preteens experiencing the effects of early life stress often impacted by adoption.

New Vision Wilderness Preteen Students:

Our students most commonly struggle with issues related to early adverse life experience (ACES) like chronic stress, disruption in the child-caregiver relationship, unresolved trauma or even adoption that are noticeable in symptoms like anxiety, depression, emotional dysregulation, poor interpersonal relations, poor attachment, oppositionality or defiance and other behaviors.

Our Philosophy:

New Vision Wilderness (NVW) sets industry standards in therapeutic outdoor programming, innovative clinical work, and safety. We empower preteen students by involving them in decision-making and goal planning which helps build healthy and trusting relationships while working with the family. We also provide an unparalleled wilderness experience while adhering to the highest standards of trauma-informed care, 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 students strengths and encouraging growth in those areas. We utilize relationship, adventure education and psychotherapy to create the change in students and do not solely rely on a physically challenging regimen as the catalyst for change.

Highlights of New Vision Wilderness Preteen Programming:

  • Developmentally focused for the needs of 10-12-year-olds.
  • Clinical interventions include Brainspotting, DDP, and Neuro and Attachment focused interventions.
  • Adapted NVW Canine Therapy program
  • Parallel Play with unconditional acceptance to support emotional regulation
  • 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 preteen 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 the Team

Our dynamic staff offers a unique and intensive therapeutic process for students and have specialized training for working with the unique needs of preteen students. Our team of caretakers is passionate about healing, as well as, using the outdoors as a safe place to heal. This 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 understands what it takes to help students feel safe so they can do their work and includes 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 utilize sophisticated interventions to effectively manage stress in the field. Our model is the result of over ten years of experience and a collaborative team approach, which is created, maintained and updated by a team of highly experienced, licensed 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 preteen students to process emotions. In addition to the Adventure Education embedded our daily structure of New Vision Wilderness, we have specialized experiences encompassing rock climbing, canoeing, dog sledding, fishing, and cross-country skiing while focusing on communicating and incorporating all five senses.

Admissions Process:

  1. Contact our Admissions Team at 855.421.6717. 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.

If your child is demonstrating or has experienced some of the below he/she may have developmental trauma. Call NVW to get a free evaluation.

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Oppositional/Defiance
  • Anger Management
  • Adoption
  • Obsessive Compulsive Behaviors
  • School Attendance
  • Parent/Child Conflict
  • Low Self-Esteem
  • Conflicted or Poor Relationships
  • Manipulative Behaviors
  • Poor School Motivation/Underachievement
  • Self Harm
  • Substance Experimentation or Abuse