I was thinking back to the many gifts that the natural areas around where I grew up had given me. Wonderful memories hiking with my father and family in the Angeles Crest Forest, playing in the rivers and canyons
behind the city where I lived, camping and body surfing at the beach, and just playing in the empty lot behind my house.
Looking back, it was hard realize the value of those things.
I lived near the foothills of the concrete jungle of Los Angeles.
The hills gave me education. I learned more about leadership, perseverance,
friendship, natural processes, physical education, and other subjects than I ever did at school. My brothers and sisters grew up basically healthy and strong.
We never wanted to go back inside.
As I look around today, now that we see so many youth growing up indoors,
plugged in, and away from the natural world, I wonder what the price
I worked at a summercamp up in the Seqouia National Forest for a couple years and developed a love for teaching outdoor skills. I was sold on being an educator when I worked with young people who struggled with coordination. We would work together for hours until suddenly a light would go on and they were able to do something they thought was completely out of the reach
of their abilities such as sail across the lake by themselves or do a canoe stroke correctly. This was a thrill for me and a confidence builder for them.
The stories in the forest are a hidden revenue generator!
Taking what I learned from the natural curiosity for nature and history and
sharing it with others has provided my family and I with a nice home, education and a healthy lifestyle.
This all came from the overlooked renewable treasures hidden within the
natural resources and the people.
There was no need for back hoes, chain saws, or giant drilling machines.
The real treasure was hidden within the stories of the plants, animals, and people.
These stories had much more value than any of the other things that could
potentially be extracted.
These treasures are abundant and available for everyone to use.
The first steps to begin to harvest can also be done by simply developing a genuine curiosity and willingness to study and learn about the world around you.
Then develop the skills to market and present the stories to a hungry
market that will happily consume all the information you produce and
encourage all their curious nature lovers to dine as well.
There are specific techniques for doing this that can be learned.
In the following posts we will discuss the top strategies used by
most experienced interpreters and direct you to where to find out