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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Carson City District
 
Release Date: 09/04/13
Contacts: Lisa Ross , 775-885-6107 , lross@blm.gov

Outdoor Education Day, Media Alert


As part of the national “Let’s Move Outside!” campaign, the Bureau of Land Management and The Nature Conservancy will host an outdoor environmental education event for approximately 240 Washoe County and Lyon County School District children on Tuesday, Sept. 10th from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
 
This community environmental education program focuses on teaching local school children about their environment and enables them to explore the concepts of ecosystems, habitats, and the Truckee River. Two weeks leading up to this McCarran Ranch visit, an activity book is distributed to all students so that they can begin to learn about these topics in the classroom. On the day of the event, the students are rotated through several hands-on activities at the “Outdoor Classroom” along the Truckee River to learn about wetland habitats and wildlife, river meander/restoration, and native plant re-vegetation.
 
The Let’s Move Outside! Initiative works through federal agencies and other public and private sector groups, to connect children to nature through active, outdoor recreation. Let’s Move Outside! programs provide fun and easy ways for families and adults to get moving, see more of their public lands, and learn about the natural world. First Lady Michelle Obama launched Let’s Move Outside! as the outdoor activity component of her Let’s Move! campaign to end childhood obesity in a generation.
 
WHO:          Bureau of Land Management,The Nature Conservancy, Washoe County and Lyon County Schools
WHEN:        Tuesday, Sept. 10th from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.                       
WHERE:      McCarran Ranch Preserve, Reno, Nevada
                    McCarran Ranch is located approximately 15 miles east of Reno along the Truckee River. 
 
Driving Directions: (If having trouble finding location, please call 775.770.0340) - Take I-80 East from Reno to the Patrick exit. Off the exit, do not cross the river, but immediately double back on the frontage road (west) for roughly 1/3 mile to a stop sign. Continue straight/west another 1/2 mile on the private road and cross the railroad tracks (ungated crossing – proceed with caution). You will see a small white house/green roof with The Nature Conservancy sign outside and parking area. There is plenty of room in the parking area to turn around.
 
About the Bureau of Land Management: The mission of the Bureau of Land Management is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The BLM’s youth initiatives feature a variety of programs that engage, educate, and inspire. Focusing on youth from early childhood through young adulthood, BLM youth programs build on the spark of childhood wonder about the natural world, sustain interest through hands-on education and volunteer experiences during the school-age years, and develop into long-term engagement and stewardship, as well as pursuit of natural resource careers.
 
About The Nature Conservancy: The Nature Conservancy in Nevada and its partners have been protecting Nevada's Last Great Places since 1967 including extensive restoration and conservation work along the Truckee River. Active in all 50 states and in more than 30 countries, The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters upon which all life depends. (www.nature.org/nevada)


The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2013, the BLM generated $4.7 billion in receipts from public lands.
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Carson City District   5665 Morgan Mill Road      Carson City, NV 89701  

Last updated: 09-04-2013