San Antonio is a major metropolitan area with a population that is more than 60 percent Latino. Though the national park is located in a predominantly Latino part of town, Hispanics are underrepresented in park visitation and in outdoor recreation activities in general. The San Antonio Missions tell the stories of the people who came into the Spanish missions to live in the 1700s. Acculturating and converting the indigenous population in order to become Spanish citizens reverberates today in the southwest.
The 2017 San Antonio Urban Ranger Program is an opportunity for a motivated student to serve as an Urban Ranger and lead activities at summer youth programs hosted by the City of San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department. Urban Rangers will raise the youths’ awareness of — and improve their access to — outdoor and cultural experiences close to home. To accomplish this, Urban Rangers will lead the children on nature-based activities focused on highlighting natural spaces in urban environments.