Caring for the environment should be everyone’s concern but how can you care for something you know nothing about? How can you aspire to something you have never experienced? Young people need to experience and understand the natural world in order to see their place and responsibility in it.
Growing up in New York City didn’t give me the access and benefits that nature provides. At 13, I got into trouble and was sent to a Catholic institution in upstate New York. There for the first time, I experienced the things rural residents take for granted: skating on a frozen pond, riding horses, hiking through the woods. The value of my first experience with the outdoors was that it led me to say “yes” the next time.Read more...