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Let’s Move! Outside

Partners in Building a Love for Nature

Who

In partnership with the Department of Interior, and with support from American Express, the YMCA of Southern Arizona is supporting youth and families in engaging more with public lands. Specifically, this page is designed to help connect volunteers of all kinds with exciting projects hosted at parks and green spaces throughout Tucson.

Why

Advancing the Department of the Interior’s goal of supporting the four pillars of its youth initiative; Play, Learn, Serve and Work.

There is a growing disconnect between youth and the outdoors. The Y, in partnership with the Department of the Interior and with support from American Express, wants to bridge that gap by connecting youth and families with green space, local parks and public lands within their communities. As part of Let’s Move! Outside, the Y is engaging more people in recreational and volunteer opportunities that help build a love for nature.

What

DEFINITIONS OF THE FOUR PILLARS

PLAY: To develop and enhance systemic opportunities meant for outdoor play for youth and families.
LEARN: To provide outdoor educational opportunities to students, such as: welcoming students into our nature’s classroom, and developing and strengthening new educational resources to reach more students.
SERVE: To engage volunteers annually on public lands in order to achieve a renewed emphasis on volunteer coordination and experience.
WORK: To develop the next generation of lifelong conservation stewards and ensures a skilled and diverse workforce pipeline.