Earlier in May, I and other members of the Board joined about 40 Impact SA representatives who were visiting the SNA for a day of learning and helping. Impact SA gave The Friends group $19,000 for the Interpretive Trail Project which is currently under construction. One part of the group hiked the Joe Johnson Trail to the dinosaur tracks. The hike was led by Dr. Thomas Adams, Paleontologist for the Witte Museum. Another group did the Bluff Spurs Hike led by Marsha Meredith. And yet another group participated in a Wildscape Gardening service project. This group was led by San Antonio Master Gardeners and distributed mulch around the Visitor’s Center to various landscaping beds, helping these plants survive and flourish the upcoming dry & hot summer months. At the end of their lunch Chris Holm gave them a presentation on the SNA and then led a tour of the Interpretive Trail project which, when completed later this year, will be a terrific addition to the State Natural Area. As we discover so often, most people know very little about how the 12,244 acres were accumulated and who all the state holders are.
Impact SA’s mission statement is: “Impact San Antonio empowers women to make the most of their charitable donations to impact the Greater San Antonio community and the nonprofits that serve it.” Each member donates $1,000 a year. These funds are then used to give grants to projects that are selected through a rigorous vetting process.
It was a great feeling representing the Friends of Government Canyon. I was proud of our accomplishments, our board and volunteers. I was also encouraged by the willingness of Impact SA to learn more about the SNA and contribute time and resources to help even more. This is a great organization that does tremendous work in San Antonio. (Full disclosure – my wife is also a member.) We are fortunate to have this group and others in our surrounding areas that care deeply about the greater community and work to find ways to make it better.
Peter Grojean, President