Student Perspectives: Give Your Future Kids a Place in Nature

Student Perspectives: This blog series was written by San Francisco State University students for the Recreational Use of Parks and Protected Areas course taught by Dr. Nina Roberts in Fall 2015. The goal of Dr. Roberts’ blog assignment was to show how student support of redwood parks can create new ways to foster equal access to nature by diverse communities. For this assignment, each student visited a local redwood park and wrote about their experience. Enjoy!

Give Your Future Kids a Place in Nature

by Danielle Shinmoto

Danielle Shinmoto visited Loma Mar Redwoods
Danielle Shinmoto visited Loma Mar Redwoods

There are many things in nature that leave me breathless. But many of these things I’ve only seen through a screen — pictures on the internet, movies and documentaries. I haven’t swum along the Great Barrier Reef or trekked through the Amazon Rainforest. I haven’t looked up towards the Aurora Borealis or looked down at the enormity of Victoria Falls. What I have seen, and what I’m lucky to have seen, are redwood forests stretching far and reaching tall.

On a recent hike in Loma Mar Redwoods I was able to experience a part of nature that left me breathless. Loma Mar redwood forest is right at our fingertips in the Bay Area. It flourishes here because of donations to Save the Redwoods League that allowed the League and its partners to buy the land and conserve it. Without Save the Redwood League, Loma Mar Redwood forest would not exist for people like you or me to visit.

Support the League now, any way you can, to give your future kids a place in nature. Support the League so future generations can be left breathless, too.

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Student Perspectives

We appreciate being able to contribute our experiences and our knowledge to the Save the Redwoods League community through these blog entries and hope that our work can support your cause and our communities.

Teresa Baker at the Cultural Relevancy and Inclusion in Outdoor Organizations convening in 2016.

Taking Action on Cultural Relevancy and Inclusion


What I hoped to gain from the recent Cultural Relevancy and Inclusion in Outdoor Organizations convening was a sense of togetherness on a topic that very few outdoor organizations and foundations are addressing in action. It is a complicated topic to wrap one’s brain around in reaching an action plan, I get it, but what is at stake is a country that will be majority people of color in 20 years, and if people of color are not developing relationships with the land now, we certainly won’t care about saving the redwoods or protecting endangered species as we grow into a majority status.

Photo by Bob Wick

Donors Secure a New Gateway to Giants


Gifts from League members like you recently helped protect a dramatically beautiful gateway to an extraordinary kingdom of ancient giant sequoias on Case Mountain. Save the Redwoods League and partners have purchased and transferred a part of this gateway called Craig Ranch to the Bureau of Land Management.

Learn more about Craig Ranch.

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