During the month of April, over 1,000 Strawberry Park and Soda Creek elementary students ages 5-11 will put on their walking shoes and get out on local trails. They will be asked to take time to listen to the sounds of the birds, pick up trash, learn trail etiquette and much, much more!
The goal of the project is to get kids outside exploring their local trails and thinking about the future of their trails by raising money to support the Trail Maintenance Endowment Fund.
The project was launched by local PE teacher, Erin Early in 2019 and was an instant success. Erin told YVCF, “The kids were excited to get outside and learn more about their local trails. It was inspiring to hear the stories of how the kids accomplished the trail task on their map.”
Erin wanted to create a program that would (1) inspire kids to connect and care about nature, (2) encourage philanthropy and giving, (3) not incentivize with plastic toys, and (4) support a local cause. The School Trails Map project does all these things!
While the challenge is happening, Elementary School programming will focus on the trails, encourage kids to get outside and have fun!