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July 2016

50th Anniversary Mini-Grants Support Wilderness Education Programs

Last fall, four organizations received left-over 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act funds to conduct experiential wilderness youth programs. Here, students from Friends of Saguaro National Park's Park Stewards program express the value of wilderness in their own words:

"Before this class I hadn't really learned or known much about wilderness. Now that I have actually gained the knowledge, instead of just enjoying camping, I realize that there's more value in the life we live than just aesthetic value...Wilderness isn't about beauty, it's about being home, having a place to call your own and a place to love." - Jasmine (12 grade)

"The wilderness is the city of animals, trees, and plants. Basically, nature is the outside world of our world." - Giovani (9th grade)


Arthur Carhart
Aldo Leopold
A student conducting invasive plant inventory using a GPS unit is a public wilderness information website formed in 1996 through a collaborative partnership between the Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center and the Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute--the federal government's wilderness training and research arms, respectively--and the College of Forestry and Conservation's Wilderness Institute at the University of Montana.

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