Thursday, February 17, 2011

America's Great Outdoors Report

Go the the attached link below for an interesting story about the President's "America's Great Outdoors" initiative.

I appreciate the fact that the number one priority of this initiative would be to reconnect children with the outdoors.  In retirement I have taken on this task in my own way serving as a volunteer naturalist at the Boxerwood Nature Center and Woodland Garden in Lexington, Virginia.  Although Boxerwood is serving all the school children from three systems in our area by providing curriculum based environmental education programs, it is fighting for its financial survival with the disappearance of Federal grant funding.  This is a fate befalling most nonprofit organisations.  With todays hurried and paranoid society, it is programs like Boxerwood that serve as many children's first safe and positive experience in the outdoors.  

Should this initiative move forward it could prove of great assistance to such groups across the country and helping to build on an environmentally conscious generation.


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