Student Leadership Program—Partnerships4Trails

Trails4All founded Partnerships4Trails in 2000 to help address the growing nature deficit problem among American children.  The number of children spending quality time outdoors is decreasing as our society becomes more urbanized and technologically advanced.

Research shows that this lack of involvement with the environment is adding to the childhood obesity epidemic, as well as increased cases of Attention Deficit Disorder and depression.  Research also suggests that children who experience nature are better able to cope with life’s stresses and have a better appreciation for the environment.

Partnerships4Trails allows children to experience and learn about nature while learning leadership and management skills. The program uses hands-on teaching by having students plan and implement their own trail or urban-greening project under the careful guidance of professionals.  By putting children in control, we are empowering them to learn through action.

Our partners in the Partnerships4Trails program include:

  • The U.S. Forest Service
  • Rotary Interact
  • Naturalist For You

We want to bring the Partnerships4Trails program to more children. Contact us [link to contact us page] if you are interested in becoming the next Partnerships4Trails site or becoming a sponsor or partner in the program.