What is Wayfinding?

As described on the Wayfinder website:

Wayfinding refers to the knowledge and practices of people who “read” the natural world to successfully travel across vast areas of land and water. Throughout history and all over the world, people have learned to recognize meaningful signs and patterns in nature to help them find their way. Depending on where in the world you are, this knowledge may include detailed mental maps of the starry night sky, subtle changes to weather and climate, the presence or absence of fauna and flora, the nature of ocean currents, the colors of the sea and sky, or cloud formations.  In contrast, most modern modes of travel are based on a prescribed step-by-step route toward a destination, cultivating journeys that lack a spirit of curiosity. 

Project Wayfinder teaches the “wayfinding mindset” to help young people navigate life with purpose. Through the wayfinder purpose journey, students learn that there’s no such thing as a single life purpose, but rather many purposeful arcs that develop during different  life chapters. This means their purpose will likely change and evolve over time.

Why AWE is Engaging with Project Wayfinder


AWE is using Wayfinder as the foundation for our program. By supporting whole student development through unique learning opportunities, students will feel a sense of purpose, and develop academic, social, emotional, and behavioral skills that support their journey through life.

Introduction Videos

Learn More About Project Wayfinder Here

Learn About Wayfinder's Purpose Curriculum Here

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