Samantha Holmes, a senior at Trumbull High School, has been selected in the state of Connecticut as an Ambassador in the nationwide Youth Ambassadors Program in honor of National Child Awareness Month. The program engages youth leaders to develop campaigns around issues relating to the welfare of children in their communities.

As part of her campaign, Samantha created the Take a Hike for Kids program with the Trumbull Nature and Arts Center, and she will lead a free series of hikes for children during the month of April.

The goal of Samantha’s hikes is to teach children how to safely enjoy their natural surroundings while exploring many of the wonderful trails and parks in our community. Some of the topics she will focus on are tick safety and recognizing local plants.

The hikes will take place on the following dates:

Sunday, April 7: Twin Brooks Park, 10 a.m.; meeting spot is at the parking lot at the far end of the park by the waterfall.

Sunday, April 14: Wolfe Park, 10 a.m.

Saturday, April 20: Old Mine Park, 10 a.m.

Visit patronsoftnac.com to register.