Judith “Judy” Weis’ fascination with the ocean began at the age of seven, when on a summer vacation to Shelter Island, NY she made a discovery that set her imagination ablaze—a large hermit crab walking in shallow water, inhabiting a whelk shell that was adorned with such life-forms as barnacles and seaweed. “This incredible collection of living things was walking in the water; I thought it was fantastic,” Weis says.
Ms. Margaret is a lifetime community activist. As a young single mother she worked her way off welfare by attending commercial cooking school, after which she cooked for various institutions including Alta Bates Medical Center and a UC Berkeley fraternity house.
She’s a founding member of the West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project (WOEIP)—a resident led, community-based environmental justice organization dedicated to achieving healthy homes, jobs, and neighborhoods for all who live, work, learn, and play in West Oakland, California.
Millions of city dwellers rely on urban green spaces for connection with nature, a temporary escape from the cement and steel that dominates their environment. But the ability to do so isn’t a given; urban green spaces are often concentrated in areas of greater wealth, contributing to a sense of nature being inaccessible.
Detroit Outdoors is working to change that in the Motor City.