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
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.