January 2018 we began teaching a national park class to children at Davis Middle School. This was a wonderful beginning. The class focused on educating the kids about America's National Parks and the National Park Service. We also discussed ecology, conservation and our environment. Our group of kids went on multiple trips to the San Antonio Zoo and ended the semester with a trip to Padre Island National Seashore near Corpus Christi, TX.
On June 22, the high school students from San Antonio CAN Academy loaded up the van and headed to Guadalupe River State Park for a day of fun and a hike with a ranger. We had a picnic, threw the football and of course they headed for the water. We had an excellent time. We have to give a shout out to the superintendent, Barrett Durst, and the kind folks at Guadalupe River State Park for hosting our group.
This summer we are taking a group of young people from San Antonio to California to meet up with Outward Bound Adventures (OBA). OBA is based in Pasadena, CA and has been connecting underserved youth to nature over 50 years.
We are collaborating with OBA and heading to Arches National Park in Utah. We will bring the Texas and California cultures together, camp, hike and complete a service project in the park.
This was a fun, educational ride. During the middle to the end of July 2018 we headed to California. Our first stop as we left Texas was in Arizona at Saguaro National Park. We spent a few days in California. In California the kids took in some sights and we were tourist for a few days. As we ventured to Utah we visited Zion National Park and Arches National Park. In Colorado we spent our days at the 2018 Outdoor Retailer Convention. Next we traveled south to New Mexico. We spent the late afternoon and evening at White Sands National Monument. This was a wonderful journey. It was nice providing new experiences to the guys and introducing them to places they had never seen prior to our trip.
This upcoming 2019 & 2020 school year we will add additional schools to our program. We will teach an introductory course to children to provide information about national parks and the national park service.
This includes ecology, environmental science, and conservation. At the end of each semester the class will culminate with a trip to a place like Padre Island National Seashore.
Leadership, team-building, mentoring and tutoring are incorporated into the program.
If you have any questions or would like to know about getting your school involved in outdoor adventures, please don't hesitate contacting us.