Through a new partnership, National Park Trust and Code 3 are creating opportunities for DC-area police officers to engage with under-served youth–many of whom are survivors of gun violence and/or have experienced homelessness–to explore the great outdoors and experience the healing qualities of nature. Being in nature and getting kids outside can enhance social behavior, help alleviate stress, promote optimal psychological functioning, and improve recovery from physical trauma.

On Saturday, October 22, DC youth paddled down the Anacostia River.