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Words: Samuel Welch
Photos: Courtesy Trees 4 Teens
Trees 4 Teens is the annual summer campaign of nurture and nature, striving to give back to the Vancouver community in two ways: as a positive impact on the environment through student tree planting, and as a fun and immersive fundraiser for the Take a Hike foundation. In the past five years the campaign has raised over $50,000 for Take a Hike, and at-risk teenagers have planted over 7,000 plants and trees.
Take a Hike is a full-time alternative education programme that engages at-risk youth through a unique combination of adventure-based learning, curriculum-standard academics, therapy, and community involvement. The program has 60 students and a staff team of 13 in Vancouver and the West Kootenays who are currently gearing up for their final hiking and kayaking expeditions of the school year.
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