If there is one thing we know, it’s that young adults can greatly benefit from two things: time in nature,...
Educate and inspire youth
If we envision a future with clean, available water; less-polluting energy sources and resilient ecosystems, we must dedicate ourselves to capturing the hearts and the minds of today’s youth. If we fail to build strong connections between children and their natural world today, we have lost the next generation of environmental decision-makers and leaders. Will you help us educate and empower our children to become tomorrow’s protectors of these great places?
In the face of shrinking school budgets, field trip funding is often the first “extra” to be cut, leaving thousands of children—many of whom live very close to Shenandoah National Park—without any means to experience their “backyard” national park.
Imagine what a week in Shenandoah National Park would be like for a child from Yonkers. Or Washington, DC. Or Boston or Richmond. Would it be scary? At first. Would it be life-changing? Most certainly.
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.
Anyone who has worked with or managed interns knows it is an investment of time and resources. But, if the internship is well-structured and the interns are dedicated and capable, it is an important investment to make.