How does living in the city affect our concepts of 'nature'? We documented Los Angeles area urban Latinas/os changing views of nature after they encountered and experienced 'wilderness' in the Angeles National Forest.
The U.S. Forest Service's Southern California Consortium, located in Arcadia, California, conducts a summer intern program for Los Angeles Hispanic and African-American high school students designed to promote college enrollment and recruit candidates for future Forest Service careers. teKnoculture's pilot research project analyzes the changing views of nature, wilderness and environmentalism in this cadre of students as they complete the four week program. Through short-answer assignments, journal entries, map drawing, group discussions and in situ observations we documented their changing views of nature and technology as they travelled from their Los Angeles area homes to perform conservation work in the front country and designated 'wilderness' areas in the Angeles National Forest.