Youth & Family

burton homestead

At the end of her life, retired Nevada County librarian Francis Burton received numerous offers from developers and real estate agents for her beautiful park-like 38 acres on Lake Vera Road.

She turned them all away. Instead, she wanted her land to remain as it was. So she donated the property to Bear Yuba Land Trust for the purpose of creating a community park dedicated to education and a love of nature.

Burton Homestead is now a Land Trust preserve with a diversity of ecosystems: meadows, oak and mixed conifer forests, wetlands, ponds, a network of woodland trails, and the original 1925 Burton cottage. Old grinding stones and arrowheads have been found, evidence of a Native American settlement. Shoes from oxen and other relics tell the story of the Gold Rush.

Today, children can be found at Burton Homestead digging carrots from the onsite education farm, tracking animals or joined in a Native American drumming circle. Burton Homestead is an outdoor classroom for the next generation of conservationists.

It is a resource center for educators who provide hands-on, interactive, experiential nature education. It’s a place where people of all ages can explore ways to become better stewards of the land.

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Youth & Family Programs at Burton Homestead

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BYLT’s Earth Encounters Summer Camp

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The Food Love Project

The Food Love Project, a Sierra Harvest education farm led by Amanda Thibodeau is found at the Burton Homestead. Busloads of school kids visit annually to learn where their food comes from. Sign-up here.

Summer Camps 2016
July 11 – 15 and July 18 -22
Ages 6 and up.

Four Elements Earth Education (4EEE)

Teachers from Four Elements Earth Education (4EEE) Fox Walkers Program show young people wilderness skills such as tracking, nature awareness, survival and caretaking of the land.

Summer Camps 2016
July 4-8, July 11-15, August 1–5, and August 8-12.
Ages 7-15, 8:30 am to 3:30 pm
Ages 4-6, 9:30 am to 12:30 pm

The Tsi Akim Maidu Tribe

The Tsi Akim Maidu Tribe has an agreement for an active cultural center on a three-acre section of the property called “Pata Panaka.”Teachers from the tribe share their cultural perspective and connect students to the land through hands on projects like: native planting and invasive plant removal, habitat restoration work and trail maintenance.


A program called Movimiento brings inner city youth from low income families to the site for leadership programming and healing in nature.

Quest Theatreworks

Local theatre company Quest Theatreworks provides interactive, outdoor theatre for families.