U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
News.bytes Extra, issue 421
Hiking Adventures: Girl Scouts Explore a Desert Palm Oasis
On Sat. Feb. 20, thirty young Daisy, Brownie and Junior Girl Scouts met with BLM staff at the Palm Springs Visitor Center to learn Leave No Trace skills, map and compass orientation and hiking, before heading to the The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians' Palm Canyon. Troops 707 and 1126, from Corona and Riverside, joined Tracy Albrecht, Interpretive Specialist with the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument and JoAnn Schiffer Burdett of BLM's California Desert District Office, to explore the worlds largest palm oasis. Girls participated in a palm learning lab and recorded plant and animal species including wedge tailed ravens, blotch sided lizards, and fuzzy cholla; tasted honey mequite bean powder; identifed phototropic palms; and learned how fire affects the palm community. A comment by scouts captured the feeling for the day. A friend asks her buddy "Are we hiking yet?" "Yes, we are hiking an adventure of life!"
JoAnn Schiffer-Burdett, BLM California Desert District Office, 2/23/10
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