BLM California News.bytes 
News.bytes Extra, issue 538

"City Kids" explore the forest with BLM Youth Staff

a boy looks into the trees with binoculars

Young adults in the BLM Youth Initiative Incentive program pitched in to support California State Parks for summer environmental education. Campers ages 8-13 from the San Bernardino Unified School District CAPS (Creative Afterschool Program  for Success) program enjoyed several days in the forest and a variety of outdoor learning activities.

BLM’s youth crew  worked with  Mount San Jacinto State Park staff and volunteers  to provide a wide range of experiences  about Leave No Trace (LNT) ethics, mammal skins and skulls, pine trees, geology and bird behaviors. Though the group was large -- over 80 campers per day -- for many it was their first visit to a forest. For all, it was memorable.

More than 12,000 children at 48 school sites in San Bernardino and Highland attend the CAPS program.

a woman holds up an information poster for a group
A special lesson presented by BLM youth reviewed physical adaptations of birds.
a person holds up a sketch of an eagle for a group

one child watches another unwrap binoculars
Campers then were taught how to use binoculars, and were given a data sheet.

a child writes observations on paper
A camper records behaviors of birds that she observed in the forest.

a youngster raises his hand as a woman shows an animal skull
State Park staff provided exciting specimens for hands-on learning

- Tracy Albrecht, interpretive specialist, Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument/BLM Palm Springs South Coast Field Office  (July 2012)

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