The Wildwoods Foundation is proud to announce the return of the Paseo program, a series of 10 trips that will take place over the spring, summer, and fall of 2017, providing opportunities for families served by the Magnolia Community Initiative to have a field trip to the Santa Monica Mountains.

Wildwoods will curate a collection of photos and quotes from each trip to create a slideshow video.  At the conclusion of the program, the memes will be collected into a book that will serve as a collective photo narrative of these families’ experiences and their thoughts about what nature means to them.

The words and photos presented here are from the families from the Children’s Bureau of Southern California who joined us for our first Paseo in March.

Conducted by The Wildwoods Foundation, the program is a collaboration with the agencies and organizations that are partners in the Magnolia Community Initiative, a collective impact project that serves a 500-block catchment area south of downtown Los Angeles.

Following the sentiment of the proverb “Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime,” Wildwoods provides training to the staff and/or volunteers of the partner agency so that THEY lead the outing and the activities (with Wildwoods staff present for support).

Our intentions here are two-fold. One is to introduce families to parks and greenspace close to home for the purpose of tapping into what John Muir called “the healing forces of nature.” This time together allows families to destress and form deeper bonds that contribute to family resiliency.

Our other intention is to help partner agencies acquire the skill sets and confidence to conduct park and nature field trips on their own.

This project is made possible through the generous support of the Adams Legacy Foundation, the Dwight Stuart Youth Fund and the office of Gil Cedillo, Los Angeles City Council, District 1.