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GHCC Partners with Go-ASAP to Connect Kids to Nature

“Whoa!” exclaimed the kids in unison. GHCC Restoration Director Brian Kelly had just told them that dwarf mistletoe can launch its seeds at over 60 miles per hour.

That’s just one of the fun facts Union County middle schoolers learned from him on a hike last week, where GHCC has teamed up with EOU’s Go-ASAP program, headed by professor Kelly Rice.

Go-ASAP introduces recreating in the outdoors to local kids who might not otherwise have easy access to wild spaces or equipment. Rice and her assistants take them hiking, skiing, mountain biking, and snowshoeing, and the program culminates in an overnight backpacking trip.

This year, GHCC is getting to tag along and talk local ecology during some of the activities. The first topic?