We have a vision. A vision for our whole foggy-at-the-coast and hot-inland region. We want to work with our members and the community-at-large to realize this vision of bringing nature within reach of all Bay Area residents. Our work towards this vision has a few different components, one of which being the Park Connections project (and this being another).
On May 18th and June 2nd we held workshops in Marin County to convene educators, outdoor programs, youth programs, and park agencies/organizations in order to build partnerships, catalyze ideas, and find ways of getting more young people outside. This follows on the heels of Phase One of the Park Connections project which resulted in this report.
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Representatives from organizations like Huckleberry Youth Programs, Slide Ranch, Marin Organic, and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy attended the workshops held at the Richardson Bay Audubon Center on May 18. And the Canal Alliance hosted the second workshop on June 2 with participations from organizations like WildCare, Point Reyes National Seashore Association, Audubon Canyon Ranch, PRBO Conservation Science, and California State Parks. Thanks to both of our hosts for sharing their spaces.
Many resources were shared including the Outdoor Youth Providers database created by the Stewardship Council. And many stories were told of the transformational effects of time spent outdoors, including:
There are students who have never slept away from home, and don't apply to colleges far away because leaving home is intimidating; outdoor programs could help provide the experience of being away from home.
The conversations are continuing offline and the partnerships are continuing to build. Contact Wendy Dalia at the Richardson Bay Audubon Center if you're interested in joining them. Her number is (415) 388-2524 x111. For questions about the workshops, contact our Executive Director Bettina Ring at 510 809 8009 ext 254.
These workshops were made possible by the support of the Marin Community Foundation. If you're interested in working with the Open Space Council to bring nature within reach of more Bay Area residents, contact Bettina Ring at 510 809 8009 ext 254.