Through a partnership with Boys and Girls Club and Big Brothers Big Sisters, we introduce underserved youth (elementary and middle school) to Shenandoah National Park in three steps–and begin building the connection to their natural world.
Step #1 brings Park Rangers to the children’s neighborhoods. The rangers bring park artifacts, like deer antlers and bear fur. They play games and prime them for Step #2.
Step #2 is a day trip to Shenandoah National Park. With their Park Rangers, the children hike, play and eat a picnic lunch. For many, it is their first visit to a national park.
Step #3 is an overnight camping trip in the park. The kids learn to pitch tents, cook on a camp stove, and hike to new summits. Each camper receives his own sleeping bag as a memento of the experience and incentive to spend more time under the stars.
Can you help us offer this invaluable program to more children?