This April we concluded our year-long hiking program with city heights youth called LET'S HIKE. Funded by the San Diego Foundation's Opening the Outdoors program, this school year City Heights youth completed 30 hikes and 10 community service events. In addition, our team of 95 students helped restore San Diego's canyons by weeding out invasive plants and planting 237 new trees.
The LET's HIKE program is designed to provide refugee youth from City Heights with opportunities to explore the surrounding regional parks and outdoor spaces, with a focus on environmental education and stewardship in partnership with Mission Trails Regional Park, San Diego Canyonlands and San Diego Unified School District.
One group of students finished the program by taking on the 5 Peak Challenge - reaching the top of all five peaks in Mission Trails Regional Park in just five days!
While we will all miss going on our weekly hikes, students will finish the program with new knowledge of the beautiful outdoor spaces San Diego has to offer and the importance of maintaning them for all to enjoy.