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 of color 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, in San Antonio, Texas. 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 urban, economically distressed areas in San Antonio for field trips where they can learn and connect with Govt. Canyon SNA; a natural resource area they may not know about. We hope that this will build a bridge for the well-being of the youth involved and the future of TPWD. At the minimum, we hope that whomever comes out here, will at least take a new, happy or inspirational experience home with them.
For further reading into the research of the project, please visit Synopsis of Project.