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A Life-Changing Botanical Garden / by Maria Hinojosa | February 17, 2012

A Life-Changing Botanical Garden

As part of our ongoing REI environmental series, RadioNature, we go to San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. As a young teenager, Marcus Gallegos was looking to make positive changes in his life. He visited the Strybing Arboretum and there he found the change he was seeking. Marcus went from the downward spiral of gang life to the uplifting world of being lead intern at the botanical gardens. Today he’s a garden and science coordinator at one of the city’s public elementary schools. Emily Wilson has our story.

RadioNature is a year-long series that looks at how people of color connect with nature. Funding comes from the REI Foundation. This piece was produced by Emily Wilson and edited & mixed by Claire Schoen.

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