Inner City to the Outdoors: Connecting People to Amazing Wild Places

Charles H. Thomas, Regional Manager, Pacific West Region Youth Programs for the National Park Service

The outdoors offers a unique experience that resonates with people and stirs the imagination. Yet as cities continue to grow, are people still connecting with rural settings? Presenter Charles H. Thomas, Regional Manager, Pacific West Region Youth Programs for the National Park Service, will address Redlands’ urban population and the possibilities for connecting youths and adults, especially inner city minority groups, to the city’s unique and amazing wild places—for the benefit of the entire community.

As he describes the land’s compelling draw, he will offer a better way to engage a broader audience in preserving the irreplaceable landscapes. He will focus on overcoming barriers, both real and perceived, that people encounter when connecting to open spaces.

Thomas has been involved with Outward Bound Adventures (OBA) throughout his life, working with OBA as full-time executive director for 16 years. During that time, he created several award-winning programs dedicated to enriching the lives of underserved urban populations, especially high-risk youth and their families, by introducing them to the therapeutic value of spending time in wild places and open spaces.

When: October 10, 2012

Time: 5:30pm

Register at www.esri.com/redlandsforum