Susanna is a park ranger at Redwood National & State Park’s Wolf Education Center. She tells us what is special about the Redwoods and her thoughts on the importance of getting children outdoors to experience our national parks.
She writes, “Working at the Wolf Creek Education Center in Redwood National and State Parks provides me with a unique perspective of our parks and their resources. I have the chance to see the redwoods through the eyes of elementary school students — a perspective that frequently differs from adults.
Take, for instance, the redwood forest. An adult may pause in wonder and awe, staring up into the canopy of an especially large tree. My students are equally impressed, often adding that the trees seem “magical” and make them feel “relaxed” and “peaceful”. This excitement and enthusiasm for the outdoors, so eagerly demonstrated by children, is what makes my job so fulfilling. How can you and your children experience nature to its fullest? Just jump right in!”