AmeriCorps VISTA project at Government Canyon – Trails to Tomorrow
Right now, many cities throughout the U.S. are experiencing problems with youth that are indicative of what has now been coined by Richard Louv, in his 2005 book: Last Child in the Woods as a “nature deficit disorder”. Making the matter more complicated is the fact that people in lower-income urban areas are being disproportionately affected by disappearing recess times and other forms of recreation during their school days.
Trails to Tomorrow is an AmeriCorps VISTA project located at Government Canyon State Natural Area (SNA). AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) is a federal program conceived by J.F. Kennedy, in 1965 to help eradicate poverty.
The focus of this project is to locate youth from the most underrepresented, economically distressed areas in San Antonio, TX.; for field trips where they can learn and connect with Govt. Canyon SNA. We also hope they will take home a new, happy or inspirational experience home with them that promotes sense of environmental stewardship, and getting outdoors on a regular basis.
We have had 4 successful field days with three schools and are anticipating one more in April of 2018; when we will go into hiatus until the following autumn. Project A.C.O.R.N. (Area Children Organized to Replant Natives), with the personal direction of Amalia Sollars, have contributed completely with the busing costs to four out of the five field trips that occurred.
For further reading into the research of the project, please visit Synopsis of Project.