Personal Story: Terese

Growing up, my parents always encouraged me to go outside or play sports. My friends and family made me view nature and the activities I do outdoors as a form of joy. As I grew older and had more responsibilities part of my life, I started to appreciate nature even more as it became a convenient way to relieve stress. Going outside for a walk or activity has become a part of my daily life which I appreciate.

My top activities include softball, volleyball, working out, and snowboarding!

Personal Story: Litzy

Nature has been a huge part of my life. My parents grew up in the Sierra Madre Occidental mountain range that is in their home state of Jalisco, Mexico. My dad grew up on a ranch surrounded by animals and nature. He is the one who instilled my love for the outdoors. As a family, we often spend weekends outside hiking at our local forest preserves. Venturing off to other forms of nature when on vacation. Some of our best memories as a family have been outdoors. At times when I feel anxious and need to clear my mind, walking through the woods under the breeze of the trees gives me a breathe of fresh air. Easing my mind from any worry, in return giving me motivation. I hope to keep exploring mother earth and travel to the Amazons, Rainforest’ in Congo, Denali National park in Alaska, and many more. 

“One touch of nature makes the whole world kin” – William Shakespeare