In just the past few generations we have gone from a society where children spent every waking moment outdoors, to one today where many children spend their lives locked on a monitor, playing video games or experiencing the world via the internet.
Bold Visions Conservation believes that young people are better equipped for the world when they experience wilderness, parks and wildlife. Last year, we began our first youth education program:
Tearing Down Walls- This program involved students from Mexico and Texas that live on the border of Big Bend National Park. We went to the Park Service and meet with local teachers from Boquillas, Mexico and Terlingua, TX and in coordination began a program with the support of US and Mexican Park officials to bring the kids together to work on service projects in Big Bend National Park, with the hope one day to also work across the border in Mexico’s Sierra del Carmen National Park. Our first project occurred the day after the US Presidential election and with 14 canoes and students, teachers and Park officials we worked along the Rio Grande doing cleanup and developing plans for future visits, while feeding and educating students about their local Chihuahuan desert environment.
This year we plan to do an overnight with students and work on specific restoration projects. That trip will occur in November or December of 2017.
Homeless and the Power of Wild Nature-Starting in September of this year, Bold Visions Conservation, working directly with Albuquerque Public Schools Title 1 Homeless Project will embark on an outdoor education project. We will work with homeless students to equip them and take them to nearby National Monuments, Parks, Forests and Wildlife Refuges to see first-hand the wonders of wild nature. It’s important to understand, these kids do not have good hiking shoes, daypacks or even water bottles!
We will bring in speakers on wolf recovery and educate them about wilderness, wildlife and allow them to be fed, equipped and experience the confidence building that can come with trips into nature. We plan to get 45 students prepared and bring in what we call “experience guides” to teach them about ecosystems, birds, future job opportunities and open them to the literature and art that nature provides, allowing them to explore their creative spirit.
You can help, either as a volunteer, or donating directly to help us keep these very “at-risk” students fed, outfitted and excited about wild nature and to give these children the same opportunity that many in the private school sector already enjoy. Show your support today!