Big Mrongo Canyon Preserve Essay

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For my project, I volunteered at the Big Morongo Canyon Preserve on September 30, 2017. I arrived at the preserve at 8 am, and my assignment was given to me. I participated in eliminating weeds from the preserve. The weeds were distracting from the preserve’s natural beauty, and they were encroaching on hiking trails; they needed to be removed. To clear away the weeds, I grabbed them close to the ground and pulled. I had to be careful not to damage any native plants. Along with pulling weeds, I also went on educational hikes that broadened my perspective on the environment in which I live. My project was important to the environment because undesired plants, such as the noxious weeds I pulled, are harmful to ecosystems everywhere. Alien …show more content…

Another study discovered, “exercising in natural environments was associated with greater feelings of revitalisation, increased energy and positive engagement, together with decreases in tension, confusion, anger and depression,” (The Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry). Overall, exercising outside is highly beneficial. If locations for outdoor exercise are not available or are dangerous, like the preserve before the weeds were disposed of, people will be unable to reap the benefits of outdoor exercise. During my project, one problem occurred with one hike I went on. The guide who was leading me on this hike accidently took me to far, and I missed the group picture. This problem taught me that I should always check the agenda for activities and be careful with my time. Another problem that occurred that interfered with my original project plan was actually arriving at the preserve. My parent was unable to bring me to the preserve because she already had made plans for that day. Fortunately, I was able to arrange a ride with a friend. This problem taught me that I should always confirm times and dates with my parent. I learned an important lesson about myself why doing this project. I learned that I need to be better at decision making and not giving into peer pressure. Choosing to go on the hike instead of staying behind and pulling weeds caused me to miss the

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