Leslie Schainker - First Grade Teacher, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Dec 15, 2010
Teaching in St. Louis city schools offers challenges and opportunities, and they seldom go hand-in-hand. But here's a winning example: getting our students reconnected with nature is a way to turn a challenge into an opportunity. Missouri's young people don't get outside enough and experience all that our public lands and waters have to offer. There are wonderful Wilderness areas only a few hours outside of St. Louis - like Bell Mountain Wilderness and Hercules Glades Wilderness - where our future leaders can connect with nature.
Getting Youth in to the Wilderness – that was the simple goal of the budding “Y2W” project the climate team launched last August as a joint undertaking of The Wilderness Society and The Y – in this case, the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington. As reported on below by our intrepid hiker and youth mentor, Neil Shader, this maiden hike was milestone for all involved. It worked for The Y – because TWS made it possible for four city kids to hike a beautiful portion of the Appalachian Trail.