U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
BLM helps North Coast youth get outdoors
The BLM's Arcata Field Office has been busy getting North Coast youth outdoors, where they could experiencing environments ranging from the coastal tidepools to ancient redwoods. In addition to providing educational opportunities, the outings have given young people a chance to improve their environment.
More than 900 students from 16 Eureka area elementary schools descended on the South Spit, Humboldt Bay earlier this month for the annual Ocean Day restoration and aerial art project. The BLM Arcata Field Office partnered with the California Coastal Conservancy and Friends of the Dunes for the project in which students pick up trash and pull invasive beach grass before forming an aerial art image with a conservation message.
Prior to the beach day, Friends of the Dunes staff members visited all the schools to inform the pupils that their neighborhoods are connected to the beaches and oceans through storm drains. They addressed the importance of recycling and litter reduction so that neighborhood trash does not end up on the coast. The Ocean Day event takes place at the Mike Thompson Wildlife Area, South Spit Cooperative Management Area overseen by the BLM, Humboldt County and the California Department of Fish and Game.
Another opportunity to learn about the ocean environment and the California Coastal National Monument was the focus of a Youth to Youth project involving students from Trinidad and Fortuna. In the project four Trinidad sixth-grade students guided the fourth and fifth-grade Fortuna students through tidepools. The older students helped explain the unique creatures that can survive an environment that changes with the daily tides. For many of the Fortuna students, it was their first time experiencing a tidepool.
Just inland from the coast, students from Fortuna's East High School worked with the BLM to build a replica of a railroad sand shack near the logging ghost town of Falk. The students used wood from the original building to create the replica at the BLM's Headwaters Education Center, which is a restored locomotive engine barn.
|Last updated: 07-06-2011|