PRESS RELEASE FROM
San Marcos Girl Scout Troop 881
There will be something for everyone, from guided hikes, greenbelt and conservation information to refreshments and children’s activities at the First Annual G.O.T. 2B Green day at Prospect Park on May 22 from 8 a.m. to noon.
Members of local Girl Scout Troop 881 are organizing the free event with help from the City of San Marcos, the San Marcos Greenbelt Alliance and other community partners as they work on their Silver Award, which is the second highest rank in girl scouting.
Through G.O.T. 2B Green, or “Get Out There To Be Green,” the scouts will increase the awareness of San Marcos greenbelt areas by encouraging and inviting members of different civic organizations to attend the event.
Activities will include a morning of guided hikes, children’s activities, educational speakers, and more. The event will begin at the Westover Baptist Church parking lot, at the corner of Bishop Street and Advance, where shuttles will be provided to Prospect Park.
Many citizens of San Marcos are not aware of the greenbelt areas and where the trailheads for the beautiful hiking trails begin, said Scout Lindsey Burton, who is in charge of publicity. “If they are not aware of this area, then how can they protect it?” she said.
Protecting the greenbelt areas is important for future generations. “What many people don’t know is that the water that flows into the San Marcos River is filtered in the aquifer below the greenbelt areas. Also, the flora in the area convert carbon dioxide into oxygen which means it help us breath a lot better and it reduces the air pollution,” said Scout Sara Jo Porterfield, who is developing the information table.
The Scouts are hoping that many local residents will attend the come-and-go event. “If we don’t take care to protect this shrinking wilderness, the quality of every day resources in this community will be polluted and we will suffer,” said Scout Hunter McMain, who is heading up the children’s activities.
Experienced local hikers are volunteering at the event. “People will be able to learn about the plants and animals that live in the green space and why it is so important that we protect them,” said Sabine Hahn, who is recruiting guides for the G.O.T. 2B Green guided hikes.
The event will be held annually, each third Saturday of May. “We are establishing a legacy of awareness and support for San Marcos green spaces by encouraging other local scouts to continue this event,” said Elora Smith, who is handling the set-up at Westover Baptist Church and the shuttle arrangements.
The event will also provide residents with information and tools to live healthier lifestyles, one of the goals of the project. “San Marcos greenbelts are free and open every day,” said Katie Obst, who is the first aide coordinator. “We want to show families fun, free things they can do to enjoy the outdoors and be healthy.”
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