Why "Got OUTDOORS"
Got OUTDOORS is a year-round field-based outdoor youth education program that focuses on "naturalist" outings in an urban environment. Why? Let's face it; it's nearly impossible for kids, especially those in the inner-city with little resources, to experience our forests, deserts, plains and beaches with the consistency needed to spark a meaningful relationship with it. Yet, the beauty and lessons of nature surround us everywhere, permeating even the smallest and mundane of landscapes. So, instead of believing we must go to the grandiose places of nature, we decided to reveal nature to them where they actually live.
In preparation for our summer trip to Yosemite N.P., we learned about what leadership and service looks like on a hike and campout by playing various team building games. Then, we worked as a team to set up a camping tent.