If you’re a person who cares about forests as much as you care about passing on forest lessons to younger generations, and you have free time in late September, the upcoming ‘Forest Conservation Days’ in California’s Southern Sierra may be for you.
Scheduled September 26th – 30th at Sequoia Lakes YMCA Camp, this is Forest Conservation Days’ 25th year providing inner-city 5th graders with a week of hands-on forest lessons and experiences. Its main goal is to ensure everyone – students, volunteers, teachers and staff – have positive, memorable lessons focused on forest health and its ‘Web of Life,’ this year’s teaching theme.
Over 60,000 students and adults have participated in Forest Conservation Days since its founding in 1991 by the Northern California Society of American Foresters and other resource organizations. Rain or shine, this year’s week of numerous activities include hiking through forest and riparian zones with forest managers, hands-on learning stations, fisheries- and fire-management, forestry-career-focused discussions, local history and Native American culture.
Volunteers are needed all week for help with most activities, from initial setup on Sunday, September 25th to breakdown on Friday afternoon.
In addition to gratifying, outdoor teaching experiences and fun camaraderie with others who share your outdoor passions, volunteers will be provided with lunch every day and free camping sites or barrack housing, hot showers, and the use of a full kitchen with refrigerator and freezer. There is also a dining hall and a RV dump site at Sequoia Lakes YMCA Camp, located a few miles west of the entrance to Kings Canyon National Park on Highway 180.
Interested resource professionals, laypersons, and students in related fields are encouraged to participate. For more information or to sign up, please contact:
Lisa Isaacs, NorCal SAF Education Coordinator