Environmental education inspires lifelong learning.
We are proud to announce that American Trails Board member Jenny Rigby was honored for contributions to the field of environmental education by the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE). Receiving the group’s Outstanding Service Award, Acorn Naturalists and The Acorn Group were recognized for their accomplishments, green business practices, and dedication to advancing the field. The companies have managed development of California’s Master Plan for Environmental Education, played a key role in developing California’s Education and the Environmental Initiative, and produced over 150 master plans for park visitor centers and trail systems.
The reach of Jenny’s two organizations and the impact they have through their resources and services inspire youth and adults, across the country, to become lifelong stewards of our great outdoors and trails. Jenny’s meaningful work provides so many solutions to today’s problems, and we all know that trails are a part of the solution. Environmental education inspires lifelong learning and truly does make a difference.
In the light of the recent tragedy (Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting), the work of The Acorn Group, Acorn Naturalists, and American Trails has never been more vital! There are so many positive things occurring around the world simply getting more children active and outdoors.
I was touched to learn of a past tweet from senselessly deceased Sandy Hook Elementary School Principal Dawn Hochsprung: “Welcoming our kinders [kindergartners] this morning– 74 new opportunities to inspire lifelong learning.”
Jenny shares Principal Hochsprung’s dedication to learning and inspires positive lifestyle choices in our children daily. We are so happy that NAAEE has recognized Jenny and her two organizations– and we are so proud that she is one of our Board members! Thank you for all you do for American Trails and for the world!
— Pam Gluck, Executive Director, American Trails
Published December 16, 2012
The primary purpose of this paper is to identify and review studies evaluating the effectiveness of programs to increase access to trails and trails use (physical activity) among youth from under-resourced communities.
Spending time on trails not only helps a child's mental and physical development, it can also help create healthy habits that last a lifetime.
Trails are an important resource, but sadly we are increasingly seeing trails abused by littering and vandalism. American Trails has created a packet to teach kids to be great trail stewards so the next generation of trail lovers can help lead the way towards better care for our trails.
Promoting physical activity among children and adults is a priority national health objective in the United States. Regular physical activity lowers the risk of chronic diseases and is an important strategy for reversing the obesity epidemic.