Aug 03

Youth in Wilderness Service-Learning Outing with Rustic Pathways – Arroyo Seco Gorge Clean-Up

On Friday, July 22, 2016, Youth in Wilderness led a wonderful group from Rustic Pathways on a service-learning outing to Arroyo Seco Gorge to clean-up as much trash as we could find. The day was equal parts beautiful, productive, fun, and HOT!

YiW Lead Field Instructor, Francisco Guzman, led the outing and started things off by running through a fun name exercise in which students said their name and did a fun dance-move. The mission and purpose of the VWA was introduced and a quick sweep of the Arroyo Seco Day Use-Site got the day started off right. After just 15 minutes and approximately 40 yards swept, the group had picked up nearly 20 lbs of trash!

Afterward, we embarked on a hike to a nearby (and popular) swimming hole further down the gorge. The group stopped in the shade often to find relief from the sun, hydrate, and learn about native flora and fauna. Once at the swimming hole, lunch was had in the shade and Francisco shared a beautiful quote about the power of a single individual taking action in contrast with the apathy of many who sit back and expect others to do something.

After lunch, it was time to head back and the mission was resumed: sweep the surrounding area for trash before leaving and then pick-up any trash found along the trail on the way back. The trail was in clean condition and there was minimal trash to be picked up, which was a pleasant surprise! Thank you to the group at Rustic Pathways for braving the heat to come learn about the VWA and its mission and for lending a hand to help clean-up the back country!

Here's a short video of the outing!

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