Curated learning and life experiences for Rural Youth with hard-working curiosities

WonderFueled Adventures curates learning experiences for exceptionally curious young people living in geographically isolated areas who have limited access to resources, diversity, mentors, and experiential learning in the things that interest them most. We tailor our journeys to match the curiosities of the individual participants and ignite new ones.

If you’re a Rural Youth, chances are you climb trees and hay bales, gaze at the Milky Way on a regular basis, and never lock your doors. You know the mayor, school janitor, mechanic, commissioners, vet, grocery sacker and game warden, and they know you. You know what a game warden is. You have a hunting and fishing license, and you use it. You rode your bike all over town with your dog…before your training wheels came off. You pick okra, berries or apples from the farm up the road. You’ll walk across the stage with the best friend you met in kindergarten. You live on a dirt road 30 miles from pavement. Your nearest neighbors moo, cluck, crow and quack. A night out on the town is dinner at Dairy Queen or the local diner. You drive a tractor. There are more pickup trucks than people in your town, and everyone lives “over yonder.”

Growing up in a small town or in the country has acres of benefits. If you have a Houston-sized imagination and more curiosities than the entire population of Europe, it can get to be…well…boring. You lay in the grass and wonder if there’s life among all those stars in that Milky Way up there. You make sculptures from the rusted metal pile next to the barn. You ponder, question, read, build, experiment, explore and yearn. You’re bored by school and probably, sometimes or never, fit in. You ask “Why?” a lot…and “How does that work?” and “What’s out there?” You crave the unknown and fantasize about hitchhiking cross-country or backpacking around the world chasing the wonders of it.

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If this is you, we want you! WonderFueled selects small groups of exceptionally curious Rural Youth 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 never knew existed! We can explore local culture, cuisine, museums, working artists, creative professionals, theaters, communities, universities and higher education institutions, scientists, nature, public transportation, musicians, community gardens, marine biologists, organic farms, fashion designers, technology, or anything else your imagination might lead us to. Each adventure also includes a service project in one of the communities we visit. Wonderers are given opportunities to learn how 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, bring it all home to share with theircommunities, make lifelong friends with fellow wonderers...and have a lot of fun in the process!


If you…
  …live in a rural area or other geographically isolated location with limited resources in
      (these counties / Texas / the 50 United States / North America)
  …are between the ages of 12 and 17 on or after January 1, 2016
  …are exceptionally curious and easily bored
  …are interested in developing yourself
  …enjoy making and creating things
  …want to meet new people, visit new places and try new things this video and think, "This is totally me!"

  …then you are a WRY and WonderFueled Adventures invites you to submit to our Call for Entry!

The pilot WonderFueled Adventure will be to Seattle, Washington, and surrounding areas in June 2016. Exact dates will be determined soon. Itinerary will be determined soon. This is a placeholder section.

WRY's are invited to submit a creative Project that tells us about your strongest curiosities. What is it you wonder about? The format of your Project is your choice. It can be in the form of a written essay, short story, poem, video, original song, recorded performance, imagery, artwork, 3D model...or anything else you can imagine! Entries will be juried by creative and higher education professionals.


  • Working title (use your own if you prefer):  Wonders That Fuel Me
  • We want to know the 2 to 3 things that most ignite your curiosity
  • Be specific about why those things interest you


  • Projects should be in English or have English subtitles
  • Essays, short stories, poems, etc., should be 2,000 words or less
  • Multi-media presentations (i.e. video, music, slideshows, etc.) should be less than three (3) minutes in length
  • 3-Dimensional submissions (i.e. artwork, models, sculptures, etc.) should be photographed or incorporated into a video and accompanied by a project statement or written explanation of 300 words or less
  • Submit your project via DropBox in one of the following formats:  Audio as .mp3; Images as .jpg; Documents as .pdf, Word .doc or .docx; Videos as .mov, .mp4, links to Vimeo or YouTube
  • Click here to set up a DropBox account if you don't already have one
  • If you have questions, please contact Cara Hines,


  • Pay an application fee of $25
  • Once paid, you will be added to the email list and will receive an email with a link to the WonderFueled Call for Entry Submission Form
  • Completed Submission Forms and Projects are due before midnight CST March 7, 2016


We will select up to six (6) applicants, which we will announce by noon on April 1, 2016.

For those selected, we provide guidance with fundraising efforts and financial assistance. Scholarships and sponsorship can be made possible by private donors and grants. Funding will not be a barrier, so that excuse is off the table!


John R. Erickson, Author–Hank the Cowdog     Perryton, Texas

Tommy Lee Jones, Actor     San Saba, Texas (pop. 3,099)

Jenny Lawson, Author/Blogger     Wall, Texas (pop. 200)

James Henderson, Actor     Childress, Texas (pop. 6,091)

Cara Hines, Artist/Mentor and WonderFueled Founder      Childress, Texas (pop. 6,091)