Seize the moment for our children
My family and I have decided to make the renovation of the Darlington Schoolhouse a priority in our philanthropy because it is a one-time opportunity to preserve a historic treasure that will serve our community for years to come. As a lifelong environmentalist and outdoor enthusiast, I believe that we need to seize this moment for our children and future generations. In one of my favorite books, Last Child in The Woods, author Richard Louv states that strengthening the “bond between our young and nature is in our self-interest…because our mental, physical, and spiritual health depend upon it.”
The Trail Conference, with its mission to “connect people to nature,” is an important community resource in this effort. The Trail Conference gives back to our communities far more than it requires to operate. By training hundreds of volunteers to maintain our trails, it sustains access to our public lands and allows people of all ages and abilities to enjoy the exercise, beauty, and tranquility of the natural world.
The renovated Darlington Schoolhouse will serve as a training site, hikers’ information and gathering spot, and a community meeting place, as well as provide Trail Conference offices. The work that will go on there will enable residents in our densely populated area to get outdoors, hike, and appreciate the nature that surrounds us.