Youth Outdoor Programs
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Research increasingly reveals that people experience positive social, emotional, mental, and physical health benefits through time spent in nature. We believe access to these benefits is a human right. Though Monterey County is endowed with great natural beauty, opportunities to access these spaces are not equitably distributed across communities. Big Sur Land Trust’s Youth Outdoor Programs support equitable access to positive and meaningful outdoor experiences for Monterey County youth. Positive community-building experiences in nature spaces boost personal resilience, build confidence, nurture in youth an enduring bond to the natural world and deepen a sense of belonging in outdoor recreation spaces and among peers. We envision a future where all youth feel represented and welcome in outdoor spaces where they can develop the skills to become young leaders with a strong conservation and stewardship ethic who fully reflect our diverse communities and advocate for themselves and their communities' needs.
With deep gratitude, Big Sur Land Trust partners with value-aligned community organizations, schools, and youth clubs to serve youth of color, youth from low-income households, youth who identify as LGBTQIA+, and youth who otherwise experience access barriers and/or are new to outdoor experiences. If you represent an organization that provides services for families that would greatly benefit from equitable outdoor programming and would like to learn more about collaboration opportunities, contact program staff at firstname.lastname@example.org