Explore a Nature Trail Near You
During the Great Depression FDR’s New Deal created a series of programs designed to put millions of unemployed people to work. One of his favorites was the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), which built recreational trails and facilities, many still in use today.
Why not explore a nature trail near you?
Hiking or walking a trail is a great way to get outside and into nature for fresh air, exercise, and fun. It’s even more fun when you take along family and friends!
- Plan to visit a hiking trail in your area.
- What trails are available near you?
- When were they built? By whom?
- What is the history of the land they are on?
- What natural or man-made features can you see from the trail?
- Set a goal of walking X miles of trails this summer.
Share With Us:
Post a photo of you and your family or friends enjoying a trail near you with the hashtag #fdrsummer (Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook) so we can celebrate your achievements with you.
FDR’s approach to stabilizing the economy and creating employment was called the New Deal. One of FDR’s favorite New Deal programs was the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). It gave young men, aged 18-24, jobs creating recreational trails and facilities many of which are still in use today.
The young men working for the CCC were provided with a warm, safe place to sleep and three square meals a day. In addition, they earned about a dollar a day; five they kept for themselves the rest was sent home to help their parents get by. During the Great Depression this was considered a very good deal.
The CCC built over 800 new State Parks, erected more than 89,000 miles of telephone lines, planted nearly three billion trees and created __________ miles of nature trails.