The BLM Fort Ord National Monument provides an excellent outdoor classroom for environmental education and scientific research. Each year hundreds of school students from around the Monterey Peninsula visit BLM lands for science projects or for special field trips focusing on soil erosion, wetland ecology, or habitat restoration.
BLM Ranger and a student investigate pond habitat
The Return of the Natives (RON) program of the Watershed Institute (WI) at California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB), is currently working on native plant restoration and erosion control projects. Other projects underway on BLM lands include rare species monitoring, exotic weed removal, and site restoration with our BLM Take It Outside! Partner Toro Park Elementary School. Be sure to visit the Partnerships page for more information.
Students learning about nature and ecosystems
In the picture above, the BLM employee helping students learn about nature and ecosystems is Fort Ord's own Ranger Tammy! Be sure to visit her web page for her latest safety tips and educational information about the Fort Ord backcountry.