My work with LifeSTEPS was featured on the Pacific Crest Trail Association blog today. Read Beth Southorn of LifeSTEPS talks about resilient communities and access to the Pacific Crest Trail.
I’m especially excited about this answer:
Beth, you offer a wide range of classes from personal finance to parenting. Why add an environmental education component about the PCT?
The PCT is truly a treasure! And, for many, it’s not too far from their home. By providing education about PCT, it connects our residents more to their community while also providing the opportunity to learn about the abundant natural resources in their area. What’s amazing is that our residents living in San Bernardino or Sacramento have equal access to the same resource! In that way, the PCT actually creates a natural connection. The working poor are just as interested in preserving our natural resources as you or I. They just need the opportunity to discover resources like the PCT. We have introduced environmental education into our after school curriculum. We believe that providing children with a first-hand experience with nature can be life-altering.
The day I spent on the Pacific Crest Trail with the teens was wonderful. We had a fantastic hike. They published this photo: