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BYLT Helps Families Encounter Nature

Welcome Spring!  Wildflowers are in bloom and families are getting out onto BYLT’s protected nature preserves with hand lenses and notebooks to explore the wonders of the season. On Earth Day, BYLT celebrates its 28th anniversary and a renewed sense of purpose and commitment to the future of conservation – our lands, our community, and our children.

YOU can invest in the lives of young people when you donate to BYLT’s Youth Appeal and help us reach a goal of $15,000. Funds will be used to purchase supplies for Junior Conservationist nature toolkits, produce educational content and provide guided outdoor experiences for future stewards of our trails and preserves.

This spring, we are busy getting kids outdoors with our Second Annual BioBlitz Youth FieldTrip Series, partnering with five local schools to connect the next generation of conservationists to the natural world.  Students get to Know Nature when they observe Western Pond Turtles at Black Swan Preserve or newts on the Independence Trail. Through science-based activities, children learn about the plants, animals, and fungi found in different ecosystems. BYLT’s field trips coincide with a community-wide Know Your Watershed Week that includes a work day at Mathis Pond with high school students from our long-time partner, Sierra Academy of Expeditionary Learning (SAEL).

Now in its second year, Junior Conservationists: Stories in
programming is going strong with monthly excursions held the
second Saturday of each month for kids ages 4 to 12. Led by a certified
California Naturalist and a backcountry hiking guide, these walking outings weave plant and animal identification with the age-old art of storytelling. This
summer, stay tuned for a partnership with Nevada County Library!

On May 5, we are teaming up with the Folk Trails Hiking Club and the Friendship Club to inspire at-risk girls (ages 12 – 18) to get outdoors on four local trails as part of the national movement, Hike Like a Girl. Throughout the summer, look for a number of Fireside Chats at Inn Town Campground just for families and teens.

Studies show that kids who play outdoors are healthier, do better in school, have better social skills, a better self-image and lead more fulfilling lives. Besides organized events, BYLT offers leadership opportunities for youth all year long. Our new high school internship program builds confidence by getting young people into the field or “outdoor classroom” for monitoring, restoration, and trail building projects on our preserves. These skills are positive building blocks that can be carried for a lifetime – into college and throughout adulthood.

When kids spend time outside, they begin to foster a wonder of nature and a feeling of personal responsibility to help conserve the environment. Our natural landscapes need the support and protection of individuals with a strong connection to the outdoors.

YOU can make a difference in a child’s life.  Give a child the gift of Nature.

A gift of any amount to BYLT’s Kids Encounter Nature program is welcome and appreciated. 

Today’s children are our best hope for the planet’s future. Together, let’s make it bright!

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