Tour Introduction

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WIreless Wilderness


Audio Tour

a unique audio tour of the natural wonders tucked along the trails of
West 11th Street Park
available via cell phone or online

“Our children are the first generation to be raised without meaningful contact with the natural world.

A kid today can likely tell you about the Amazon rainforest—but not about the last time he or she explored the woods in solitude or lay in a field listening to the wind and watching the clouds move.”
— Richard Louv. Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder. New York: Workman Publishing, 2005.

This groundbreaking book should startle those of us who were raised in a time when much of our play was involved with nature and the outdoors.  Technology has become so prevalent that it has reduced our ability to experience nature.  Computers, cell phones and iPods have displaced our children’s interaction with nature. 

How do we win them back?

By using those same computers, cell phones, and iPods to introduce them to the natural world. 

Since 2010, Friends of West 11th Street Park has hosted and maintained a popular self-guided tour of the park that accessed through cell phone technology and online. The goal of this tour is to help you enjoy the park by understanding more about the ecology of this unique urban forest.

You're currently at the beginning of the Wireless Wilderness tour, created by Friends of West 11th Street Park, a non-profit organization.  The goal of this tour is to help you enjoy the park by understanding more about the ecology of this unique urban forest.

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As you walk the trails, you'll see small signs that have been placed at locations of interest.  Just follow the instructions on the sign and use your cell phone to call in for an audio tour to learn more about each location. Alternately, you can browse the links online to both hear the audio tour and view supplemental media for each tour stop.

Have fun in the park!

The Wireless Wilderness Cell Phone Tour is made possible, in part, by a generous contribution from the Timbergrove Manor Civic Club.

Acknowledgements

Many thanks to the following people for their help in putting together the Wireless Wilderness cell phone tour: 

  • Houston Mayor Annise Parker for taking time from her busy schedule to record our introduction.

  • Estella Espinosa from the Houston Parks and Recreation Department for initial discussions about the idea of a cell phone tour. 

  • Cynthia Otiso and Julie Prasad from OnCell Systems for their help in setting up the phone system.

  • Bob Spence of Timbergrove Manor for creating our beautiful logo.

  • Maggie and Bob Honig for scientific input on choosing sites and creating the script.

  • Gwen Conway from Sinclair Elementary School for input on educational goals.

  • Adam Schroeder of 2 Guys Multimedia for technical assistance with the audio portion of the tour.

  • Elizabeth Martin of the Heritage Society at Sam Houston Park for providing information about how to set up a cell phone tour.

  • Robert Featherston of SignUps who printed the tour signs and t-shirts.

  • Carolyn Bryant, Hartman & Associates Realtors for donation of the covered box for the fliers. 

  • Mark Glass of DMG Designs Houston for redesign of the park website.

The Wireless Wilderness tour was created and funded by Friends of West 11th Street Park, in keeping with our vision statement: 

"This land shall be preserved forever as a natural habitat.

Future amenities and improvements will be designed to promote

conservation and the appreciation and enjoyment of nature."

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