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News.bytesNews.bytes Extra, issue 409

Mojave Desert WOWs inner-city kids

They were 28 kids from inner-city Los Angeles on a campout in the Mojave Desert.   They‘ll surely remember the tarantulas, jack rabbits, and lizards they saw and learned about from Art Basulto, Barstow Field Office Ranger.

But through the Wonderful Outdoor World (WOW) Los Angeles program, sponsored by the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation & Parks and BLM’s California Desert District, the youngsters learned much more – how to pitch a tent, cook outdoors, and wind sail on El Mirage Dry Lake.  Says Noël Stephens, CDD volunteer coordinator, “If the kids learned nothing else, it was worth it for them just to see there really are stars in the night sky.”

Students close in on the "prize" on a rocky peak, during a geochaching activity
A geocaching activity has led the students and organizers to this rocky peak

Members of the group sit on rock outcroppings and look at the view
A rock outcropping provides seats to take a break and enjoy the view...

Students and adults gather on the rock outcropping for a group portrait
...and seats for a group portrait.

- Noël Stephens, Dave Briery, BLM-California Desert District 11/12/09

BLM-California News.bytes, issue 409

Last updated: 11-18-2009