For more than 20 years, Women Helping All People (WHAP)—a family resource center based in Marin City—has been engaged in outdoor education and volunteer programs in the Golden Gate National Parks. And since its founding in 2000, WHAP’s Scholastic Academy has been bringing its young scholars — in K through 8th grade — to the park for Conservancy-led habitat restoration projects and hands-on lessons in ecological stewardship, according to WHAP Director Royce McLemore. While learning the history of the land and contributing to its future, the kids also benefit from fresh air and the opportunity to “forget all the cares of their world.” “They can just be children,” Royce explains.
Parks are where we dialogue with the natural world, our history, our heritage, and our neighbors.
In the sections below, you’ll read about our accomplishments in 2016, in partnership with the National Park Service and Presidio Trust. And you’ll also hear from people who have been affected — and profoundly changed — by that work.
Take a few minutes to meet these friends, and then head out to your Golden Gate National Parks to meet some more — people of all ages, creeds, beliefs, and backgrounds. Hear their stories, and share your own, on the precious common ground of our national parks.
Many thanks for your support,
Chair, Board of Trustees
President & CEO