DC students host Labor Day Weekend hike on Theodore Roosevelt Island

Students pose in front of a statue of President Theodore Roosevelt, who was an avid outdoorsman.

CFACT students in the Washington DC area got together to hike and explore a piece of nature near the busy city, specifically, Theodore Roosevelt Island. Taking advantage of the long Labor Day Weekend, CFACT students thought this was the perfect time to bid the summer good-bye, and say hello to the new school year.

“Today’s hike went off amazingly,” said CFACT Driessen Fellow and Catholic University student Joe Frederick. “We had 14 students varying from graduate school, to undergrad, and high school, as well as some parents attend.”

Theodore Roosevelt Island was originally “Mason’s Island,” which was mostly neglected farmland. In the 1930’s, landscapers and architects transformed the island into a memorial to President Theodore Roosevelt, with plenty of beautiful nature and trails. According to the National Park Service website, “They conceived a ‘real forest’ designed to mimic the natural forest that once covered the island. Today miles of trails through wooded uplands and swampy bottomlands honor the legacy of a great outdoorsman and conservationist.”

CFACT Collegians not only distribute fact sheets, testify to government hearings, and host speakers, they also aim to get their peers out in nature and generate an appreciation for the environment. While Leftist groups talk a big game about loving the environment, CFACT students try to “walk the walk” and actually experience nature. Theodore Roosevelt Island is a fitting place to kick off the school year, given Roosevelt’s passion and commitment to the outdoors.

Students pose with CFACT flyers on a bridge on one of the trails in Theodore Roosevelt Island.

“Hikes like this show that conservatives care about the environment,” Joe added. “We can’t let the Left take these issues over, but we also can’t surrender to them and let them take away our liberty. You can love liberty and nature.”

Students that were not involved with CFACT prior to the hike also received flyers explaining CFACT’s mission and activities on campus. Look for exciting events from the DC area this school year!