2/26/2016 Spring 2016 About the Author Subaru in the Community Subaru of America, Inc. believes in supporting the communities in which its employees live and work. To that end, Subaru builds community partnerships with organizations that share its drive and passion. A Passion for Nature By Erik Gunn 2/26/2016 Spring 2016 Subaru and the Forest Park Conservancy Help Kids Discover Nature Forest Park in Portland, Oregon, is one of the largest urban forest in the lower 48 states – yet some Portland children have never been there. In many of the city’s communities, “kids don’t have access to nature,” notes Renee Myers, executive director of the Forest Park Conservancy. It’s like this huge classroom for kids to start learning about nature. - Renee Myers, executive director of the Forest Park Conservancy A Green Classroom The independent nonprofit organization aims to change that through its Discovery Hikes program, which brings children from preschool through high school to visit the park. There, participants hike with experienced staffers and volunteers and learn about lichens, animal tracks, and more. “It’s like this huge classroom for kids to start learning about nature,” Myers says. Aided by a grant from the Subaru of America Foundation, the conservancy will be reaching out to “more kids who don’t have as much access to nature so they can get as excited about Forest Park as we are,” Myers says. The program is already building a connection with the children of Portland. By “trying to create a long-lasting relationship with youth and Forest Park,” Myers adds, “we want to build this passion for nature that they can experience in their own neighborhood.” Learn more about the Forest Park Conservancy.