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Local Spotlight: Urban Blazers Help Kids Explore Nature

Green Philly Blog – August 21, 2014
By Linh Kostiuk

Local Spotlight: Urban Blazers Help Kids Explore Nature Do you know Philly’s hiking trails? How about the native wild plants and their uses? These kids do. The Urban Blazers’ summer program encourages middle school kids in Philly’s under-resourced neighborhoods to explore local parks and trails while school is out. Founded in 2005, Urban Blazers leads adventures through Philly’s great outdoors, connecting local kids with nature in their own backyard. With two sessions over the school year and summer, more than 1,000 young adults experience the areas trails with hands-on learning and outdoor environment. Last month, I participated in one of the group’s weekly hikes and learned a lot…
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