Posts Tagged: Youth Development
Join Bear Yuba Land Trust and California Naturalists Steve Roddy and Linda Conklin in partnership with the UC Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center (SFREC) for an amazing salmon exploration experience for the next installment of the Junior...
During 2017 over 3800 hours of volunteer time were offered at HREC! Our incredible volunteer team helps across all areas from citizen science on our phenology project to working with children and adults at our educational events. The California Conservation Corps also volunteer their time and enjoy learning new skills such as chainsaw safety and technique with us.
We are thrilled to welcome a number of new youth volunteers to this program at the beginning of 2018, including 16 year old Hercules Almond who comes to us with a sharp mind and wonderful way of expressing himself and the world around him, enjoy this, the first blog post from Hercules as he expresses his first experiences on our site:
"Driving up through the light mid-morning mist that envelopes the hilltops on the way to the Hopland Research and Extension Center (HREC) is ever a joyous and smile-inducing trip to undertake from my home in Hopland. While I've only begun to truly frequent it, it has always been a place that I have enjoyed venturing to immensely, with its landscape rolling at points, being steep in others, sheep spotting the various fields and pastures as the sun may begin to shine through the cloud cover and bathe it all in a warm glow.
I find myself slightly taken aback by the sheer scope of activities and goings-on that occur here… between the vast diversity of flora, the myriad of fauna that can call it home, the enormous plethora of sheep, and how the local ecosystem works in concert with the factors that contribute to its development and evolution, the entire acreage holds so much potential for all manners of research, study, and boundless expansion upon our understanding of the natural world out here and all around us.
To be completely honest, I've been ecstatic about almost everything to do with nature and the wilderness since I was a small child, fascinated by the most miniscule of insects and most gargantuan of trees at the very same time, loving nothing better than to live out away from all the noise and congestion of both cities and towns in general. I'm at peace with little but the sounds of the wind and birds surrounding me as I stand in a damp forest or on the top of a high cliff that overlooks beauty that can seldom be found elsewhere outside places such as HREC... I feel genuinely lucky to have the opportunity to volunteer here and be in the midst of working side-by-side with the remarkable individuals who devote time to helping here."
Today, campers study Land. The average person generates 4.3 pounds of waste daily. Campers follow a piece of trash from curb-side to landfill and discuss reduce, reuse, recycle and responsibility we all share in caring for the earth. Day 2: Land
Land journal questions
Appreciating the beauty of the earth from space
Campers practice throughout the week to reduce waste by recycling and composting
Heading out on safari
HAREC Safari-exploring the farm while looking for signs of animals living in the farm habitat. Lesson adapted from Project Learning Tree-Schoolyard Safari
Visiting the worm compost
Investigating a compost worm
Campers create their own compost worm bin to take home.
Summer is here and time for Sustainable You! Summer Camp at HAREC. Although the weather hit triple digits, 25 eager campers arrived ready to learn and participate in fun activities and games that demonstrate how they can conserve natural resources. This...
Journal questions for Day 1 Air gets us thinking!
Journaling and reflecting on concepts is a big part of camp
Tie dying camp shirts is a group bonding activity and lots of FUN!
Touring the native plants hedge row in the student farm
Harvesting flowers to take home
City of Ventura Environmental Educator, Jill Sarrick, extends the program. Sustainable You! Summer Camp is a collaboration with the City of Ventura
Shanti Sandosham is a Ventura born and Malaysian raised student at Ventura College. Since moving back to California in August of 2015, Shanti has completed her first year at Ventura College earning two scholarships, including an Edison STEM scholarship...