I used to work as an interpretive specialist for the CA State Parks. It was my job to teach young people (5-14yr olds), from predominantly lower income areas in Compton & El Monte, about the outdoors & why it’s important to protect them. Image
One of the most difficult parts of the job was helping students see “the outdoors” & “nature” when I was visiting their schools. Campuses in these areas rarely had any greenery, gardens, fields, or even trees. Something I definitely took for granted at the schools I attended.
I would lead nature scavenger hunts with the students, but was always bummed when we couldn’t find simple items on the list, like flowers, tree stumps, butterflies or worms. If people never get to witness the beauty of the natural world, how can we expect them to be its stewards?
It’s imperative that people get to experience the joys of the outdoors from a young age. Unfortunately, most US schools don’t even have enough funding to air condition their classrooms or secure basic school supplies — meanwhile we dump $900B a year into endless for-profit wars.

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