~VIRTUAL~ Youth Environmental Summit

Welcome to the ~VIRTUAL~ Youth Environmental Summit 2020!

This event will take place for the duration of Earth Week- April 20-24 each day from 9am-1pm on a variety of platforms including Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Zoom! This fun, interactive Summit is open to all ages and is free to attend! Participants will have a variety of activities to choose from during this exciting event. Each day there will be youth games and activities, midday chats with community experts, fun social media challenges and links to external resources!

HOW TO PARTICIPATE- Join our Youth Summit Facebook group to participate in the event, or find Summit resources right here on our website! To join event on Facebook, navigate to Bear Yuba Land Trust’s Facebook Page, and click on “Groups”. Join the Youth Environmental Summit Group to participate. In this group, daily schedules will be posted and activities will occur every half hour from 9am-1pm for the duration of the Summit. Youth activities and resources will also be published on our website daily, so you can still participate even if you don’t have a Facebook account! Invite your friends, and consider donating to Bear Yuba Land Trust to support youth education in our community! Please contact Felicia Dunn at felicia@bylt.org if you have any questions.

Join the Facebook Group!

MONDAY: 4/20 KICKOFF AND NEIGHBORHOOD NATURE

Welcome to the Kickoff for the Virtual Youth Environmental Summit!

Today’s topic is Neighborhood Nature. What is Neighborhood Nature? This is the idea that there are boundless natural phenomena in our backyards!

The Summit begins with several youth activities focused on getting outside into nature and exploring the natural world through fun games and activities. Then, explore your own Neighborhood Nature by getting outside and posting a picture of your adventure with the hashtag #byltsummit. Finally, Monday’s Summit activities conclude with our Ask-an-Expert Midday Chat, where Shaun Clarke and Felicia Dunn with BYLT will be discussing BYLT’s role in managing trails and exploring some popular tails!

9:00am

Summit Travel Log

Calling all explorers! Record your Summit adventure in our Travel Log! Each day is outlined with games and activities, so you don’t miss out on any of the fun during the Summit! #byltsummit #travellog #youth 💼⌚️📖

9:30am

Coloring Pages

Grab your colored pencils and crayons! 🖍 Each day of the Summit, teach your young ones about that day’s topic through an activity page. Today is all about Neighborhood Nature! Can you find plants and animals around your house? Download the Coloring + Activity Book to start learning! #byltsummit #youth

10:00am

YOUTH IN CONSERVATION

YOUTH IN CONSERVATION: Bear Yuba Land Trust is dedicated to empowering healthy, resilient communities through nature access and education. Did you know that BYLT hosts a variety of youth projects dedicated to this very goal?

Over the past two years, BYLT has partnered with the California Council of Land Trusts Training and Apprenticeship Program, which partners college students with host land trusts for a two-month internship. During their time with BYLT, the interns gain valuable career experience working with an environmental nonprofit.

BYLT also hosts National Conservation Corps teams, a group of young adults from all over the country. During their service, the NCCC members gain experience working with a variety of partner organizations. From constructing trails, to removing invasive vegetation, these youngsters are always a joy to host, and the growth they experience during their time with the Land Trust is palpable.

BYLT has also provided projects for many Boy and Girl scouts over the years. Have you ever enjoyed a picnic at the Adam Ryan Preserve picnic table, near the pollinator garden, or looked at a trail kiosk? Chances are, those were hand-built by an Eagle Scout!

The Land Trust is also proud to host Sierra Academy of Expeditionary Learning students on open space. Throughout the Spring. After years adopting Mathis Pond Preserve, the 9th grade students at SAEL now walk to Hirschman Pond to conduct scientific experiments such as water quality monitoring. These outdoor classrooms provide exceptional learning experiences and offer a much-needed break from the school classroom. Each year, the students present their work and reflect on the year. Additionally, the data they collect can be used to inform on the health of the land, and can effect management decisions.

To support Bear Yuba Land Trust Youth Programs, visit https://www.bylt.org/support/donate/

Read about BYLT’s youth field trips! Here is an article from last year’s BioBlitz field trip series. Last Spring, students from four schools (Scotten, Chicago Park, SAEL and the NU Adaptive PE class) explored permanently protected land. Conserved lands act as outdoor classrooms and provide enriching learning environments that foster a deep connection to the natural world.
https://www.theunion.com/sports/outdoors/bear-yuba-land-trust-bioblitz-brings-students-closer-to-nature/

10:30am

Who’s ready to play a game? Find all the hidden animals in CAMOUFLAGE BARRAGE- Can you find any hidden animals in your backyard? 🦗🦒🦉

11:00am

Grab your explorers hat and head outside for COLORS IN NATURE- try to find the most colors you can in your backyard! 🌺🦋🍁🐝🌼

11:30am

Go outside and explore your Neighborhood Nature! Post a picture to Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #BYLTSUMMIT or email to felicia@bylt.org

12:00pm

NOTES: Ask-an-Expert Midday Chat: Trail Talk

Learn more about how Bear Yuba Land Trust builds and maintains community trails! In this discussion, Shaun Clarke, Land Access Manager, and Felicia Dunn, Community Engagement Coordinator, reveal why trails are so important to community health and resilience, the process of building and maintaining trails, and how you can help support this work.


TUESDAY: 4/21 EXPLORING BURTON HOMESTEAD

Welcome to the second day of the Youth Environmental Summit!

Today’s topic is Burton Homestead! Have you ever visited this conserved land, or hiked the Yewei’im Bom trail? Donated to Bear Yuba Land Trust in 2003, this 38 acre parcel serves as a hub for local environmental education!

Today’s activities begin with a social media challenge to share your favorite experience in nature. Then, grab your coloring supplies for the second coloring page- this time it’s all about Burton Homestead and the cultural sites that can be found on this property! Next, take a guided hike with Redbud Chapter – California Native Plant Society and learn more about our native plants. At 10:30, head outside for a Scavenger Hunt and, after you’ve found all of the items, learn more about the history of Burton Homestead. Tuesday’s Summit activities conclude with our Ask-an-Expert Midday Chat featuring Rick Berry with 4 Elements Earth Education / Fox Walkers and a look into the Sierra Harvest Food Love Farm which is dedicated to providing education and fresh food to our children.

9:00am

What was your favorite experience in nature? Post a picture to Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #BYLTSUMMIT and tag @bearyubalandtrust – or email your pictures to felicia@bylt.org so we can see your experiences 🦊

9:00am

Coloring Pages

Grab your colored pencils and crayons! 🖍 Each day of the Summit, teach your young ones about that day’s topic through an activity page. Today is all about Burton Homestead! Did you know that there is a Tsk-Akim Maidu cultural area on this conserved land?

9:30am

Explore Burton Homestead and learn more about the native plants in our area! In this educational video, Shane Hanofee with Redbud Chapter – California Native Plant Society hikes the Yewei’im Bom Trail, and points out the interesting flora along the way. Do you have any of these plants in your backyard? 🌸🌲🍄 #byltsummit

10:30am

Scavenger Hunt

It’s time for a scavenger hunt! Grab your magnifying glass and head outside to find interesting natural wonders! We’d love to see what you can find- email your pictures to felicia@bylt.org! 🔎🦋🐾 #byltsummit #scavengerhunt #youth

11:30am

FROM THE VAULT– History of Burton Homestead
Have you ever been curious about Burton Homestead? Donated to the Land Trust in 2003 by Frances Burton, this permanently protected property is 38 acres. It is located just outside of Nevada City on Lake Vera Purdon Road. Over the years, it has served as an outdoor classroom, and this open space continues to provide outdoor education experiences for 4 Elements Earth Education / Fox Walkers
We are excited to host our second Ask-an-Expert Midday Chat later today! Rick Berry with 4 Elements Earth Education / Fox Walkers will be joining us to discuss his role in providing environmental education opportunities on conserved land. Do you have any questions you’d like to ask? Email them to felicia@bylt.org

12:30pm

Founded in 2010, Sierra Harvest’s Food Love Farm is devoted to promoting nutrition education, food security, and community involvement in growing, harvesting, eating, and celebrating fresh food! Located on Burton Homestead in Nevada City, the farm hosts 2,000 visitors a year and educates youngsters on how to grow their own veggies and the importance of farming.
The establishment of the educational farm on this property furthers the spirit and vision of youth environmental education that Francis Burton had when she donated her property to Bear Yuba Land Trust (formerly Nevada County Land Trust). Through conserving and stewarding land, youth now have open space, forever, that they can use to explore the natural world, and spark new curiosities.

Wednesday: 4/22 EARTH DAY + WATERSHEDS

🎉🌎🎉 HAPPY EARTH DAY!!! 🎉🌎🎉
Today’s Summit activities begin with our Coloring Pages. Then, head outside for some BioBlitz nature journaling! During this hour, try to find as many plants and animals as you can in your Neighborhood Nature. Next, settle in for our In the Field Podcast- learn more about the California Water Project from Will Fryer. At 11:00, share how you give back to our planet during our social media challenge, and then learn more about your local watershed with your little ones. Finally, the day concludes with a very exciting Midday Chat with our local conservation partners. Tell your friends, and get ready for another exciting day! #byltsummit

9:00am

Coloring Pages

HAPPY EARTH DAY 🌎 Today is all about watersheds! Did you know that there are three major watershed basins in Nevada County? Download the Coloring + Activity Book below, and send in your pictures to felicia@bylt.org #byltsummit #youth

9:30am

BioBlitz Nature Journal
It’s BioBlitz Time! 🐛🌱🦎 What is a BioBlitz? A BioBlitz, is an intense period of biological surveying in an attempt to record all the living species within a designated area. BioBlitzes are excellent activities to engage the public in citizen science in order to inform scientific research. You can participate in a BioBlitz right in your backyard- use this Nature Journal to record all of the living species (plant or animal) that you find. You can go back and survey the same area year after year, or even during different seasons to see how the land has changed!
On this episode of the Bear Yuba Land Trust’s podcast In the Field, we invite special guest Will Fryer to present and explore:
  • How is water bought and sold in California?
  • Does that gallon captured high in the watersheds actually arrive in Los Angeles or beyond?
  • How do things work in drought times or in an emergency; like atmospheric rivers, floods and the Oroville Dam crisis?
We will learn the answers to these questions, and more, while tracing the movement of a gallon of water through 700 miles of the California Water Project.

11:00am

30 years ago, a group of concerned citizens came together to form Bear Yuba Land Trust (formerly Nevada County Land Trust). Since our inception, we have conserved over 15,000 acres of open space and maintain over 45 miles of local trails. We are dedicated to protecting and defending the Bear and Yuba River watersheds and empowering resilient communities through nature access and education, forever. The work that is accomplished through community support and volunteerism ensures the continued protection of our valuable Sierra Foothills habitat and agricultural legacy of Nevada County. What is one way you give back to our earth? Post a picture with the hashtags #byltsummit #happyearthday #happybirthdaybylt Email your pictures to felicia@bylt.org so we can see your wonderful stewardship activities! 🌎🎂🎉

12:00pm

 

WHAT IN THE WATERSHED? What is a watershed? A watershed is an area or ridge of land that separates waters flowing to different rivers, basins, or seas. Bear Yuba Land Trust is named after our two local watersheds, can you name them? The Yuba and Bear River Watersheds drain into the Sacramento River watershed, which eventually flows into the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, into the San Francisco Bay and finally into the Pacific Ocean! Did you know that a large watershed could contain many smaller watersheds? Large watersheds, like the Sacramento River, can have many, smaller watersheds within it’s boundaries, such as the Yuba and Bear River watersheds. Just as small creeks become streams and rivers, their watersheds also increase in magnitude. You could even have a small watershed in your backyard! Explore your local watershed by visiting: https://watershedmap.org/ You might be surprised about how many watersheds are in your neighborhood!
LEARN MORE ABOUT WATERSHEDS: www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOrVotzBNto

11:30am

Ask-an-Expert Midday Chat: Community Collaboration in Our Watersheds
We are very excited to host our local organizations dedicated to watershed health, restoration and conservation later today! Chris Friedel (Yuba Watershed Institute), Rachel Lubitz & Shannon Hedge (SYRCL – The South Yuba River Citizens League),
Greg Thrush (The Sierra Fund), Josie Crawford (Wolf Creek Community Alliance) and Chloe Tremper (Sierra Streams Institute) will be joining us to discuss collaboration within our watersheds.

Thursday: 4/23 EXPLORING RICE’S CROSSING PRESERVE

There’s another fun day of Summit activities in store ☀️Today, we’ll be exploring our Rice’s Crossing Preserve! Activities kickoff at 9:00am today with coloring pages. Then, head outside for some quite nature poetry time. At 10:00am, grab some leaves and some colored pencils for leaf rubbings art! Starting at 10:30, the virtual exploration of Rice’s Crossing Preserve begins, with opportunities to see the Preserve from a bird’s-eye view, learn about the history of the Preserve and read the interpretive panels. Finally, don’t miss our Ask-an-Expert Midday Chat at Noon. Erin Tarr and Elias Grant with BYLT will be discussing Conservation in Action!

9:00am

Coloring Pages

Today is all about Rice’s Crossing Preserve! Did you know that this is the largest property that the Land Trust owns? Download the Coloring + Activity Book below, and send in your pictures to felicia@bylt.org #byltsummit #youth

9:30am

Time for some poetry! Sit outside and create some nature haikus! What are you seeing, smelling or hearing? What past adventures can you reflect on? Share your poetry by emailing felica@bylt.org! A haiku is a Japanese poem of seventeen syllables, in three lines of five, seven, and five, traditionally evoking images of the natural world.

10:00am

It’s time for some art! For this fun activity, all you’ll need is a piece of paper, crayons or colored pencils and any leaves that you find in your backyard 🎨🍁🌿🍂🖍 When you’re done with your art piece- take a picture and share it with felicia@bylt.org!

10:30am

Explore Rice’s Crossing Preserve! Located along a six-mile span on both sides of the Yuba River in the counties of Yuba and Nevada, Bear Yuba Land Trust’s largest property to date, Rice’s Crossing Preserve, comprises 2,707 acres extended from New Bullard’s Bar Reservoir to the north and South Yuba River State Park and Englebright Reservoir bordering the southern end. BYLT acquired Rice’s Crossing Preserve in 2014 after working three years with The Trust for Public Land (TPL) and a myriad of state, federal and local agency partners. This keystone property now permanently conserved and kept from development is the largest to date owned by the Land Trust. Have you ever been to this Preserve? Email your pictures from your adventure to felicia@bylt.org!

11:00am

FROM THE VAULT- History of Rice’s Crossing Preserve
Located within the Yuba Rivers and Ridges Strategic Focus area, Rice’s Crossing Preserve is the largest land holding BYLT owns to date, at 2,707 acres. Bear Yuba Land Trust, acquired the property in 2014 for $3.25 million with contributions from Sierra Nevada Conservancy, The California Natural Resources Agency and CalTrans. Since then, BYLT has secured grant funding to improve the recreational amenities of the Preserve and develop a Forest Health Plan. Read more about these projects below!

11:30am

In August, 2016, California Natural Resources Agency awarded Bear Yuba Land Trust $312,217 to develop multi-use, public recreation amenities for Rice’s Crossing Preserve, a 6-mile stretch of the Yuba River. Over the next two years, new parking areas for cars and horse trailers, picnic ramadas, informational kiosks and more than seven miles of new trails will be constructed on the 2,700 acre preserve. BYLT finalized these projects in 2019, including installing beautiful new interpretive panels to educate and inform visitors of the Preserve.
Can you find me on the panels?
#1- Bald eagle, Black bear, Chinook salmon, Green sturgeon, Mule deer, Sierra newt, Steelhead trout, Western tanager
#2- Acorn woodpecker, Fish traps, Mugwort, Nisenan roundhouse, Pine nut and shell necklace, Sticky monkey flower, Western redbud, Woven granaries
#3- American Dipper, Gold mining pan, Ringtail, Yellow-breasted chat
#4- Black Phoebe, Monarch butterfly, Spotted towhee, Wrentit
#5- Frog, Yuba river

12:00pm

Erin Tarr, Co-Executive Director, and Elias Grant, Stewardship Manager, explore the conservation strategies Bear Yuba Land Trust utilizes to protect and defend the working and natural lands of the Bear and Yuba River Watersheds.

Friday: 4/24 FOOD SECURITY AND COMMUNITY RESILIENCE

It’s the last day of the Virtual Youth Environmental Summit! We’re finishing with a bang- today is all about local food and agriculture 🥕🐮🍅 Finish up your coloring and activity book at 9:00, then learn about how you can start your very own garden with some seed activities! Show us your backyard gardens, and then settle in for a reading of Molly’s Organic Farm. Afterwards, learn more about agriculture in Nevada County, and the role BYLT plays in conserving working lands. Finally, don’t miss our Ask-an-Expert Midday Chat at Noon. Today, we are joined by our local partners to discuss Forever Farms and community resiliency.

9:00am

Coloring Pages

Grab your colored pencils and crayons for the last activity page! 🖍 Today is all about food and farmers 🥕🚜 Download the Coloring + Activity Book below, and send in your pictures to felicia@bylt.org

9:30am

Do you have any leftover seeds laying around? Here are some fun activities you can do with your little ones to start your own backyard garden 🍅🥦🥕
An Invitation to Learn About Seeds: From Playful Learning
Sprout Your Own Seeds: From Nevada County Library

10:00am

Share a picture of your backyard garden by emailing felicia@bylt.org 🥕🍅🌽 (photo courtesy of Sierra Harvest)

10:30am

Join us for a story all about a curious orange cat named Molly on her adventures through Mountain Bounty Farm! 🐱🚜🌽

11:00am

Nevada County has a rich agricultural legacy. According to the Nevada County Resource Conservation District“Agriculture has always been an integral part of Nevada County and has continually grown and changed along with the county. The beginning of major agriculture pursuits began concurrently with the discovery of gold in California. With the sudden influx of miners there was also a need for food. This need, along with the high prices miners were willing to pay, made it attractive for farmers (many of whom had been miners) to start raising crops in the western end of the county. This area, with its mild climate and good soils, attracted a large number of farmers who grew a variety of crops”.
See what some of our local farmers are up to today:
See what some of our local farmers are up to today:
JIM GATES: NEVADA COUNTY FREE RANGE BEEF >> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_46PlU-qFxw&t=1s
BRIARPATCH AND LOCAL FARMERS >> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hqOhMBpXpGI

11:30am

FROM THE VAULT: Conserving Our Agricultural Legacy
Since 1990, Bear Yuba Land Trust has been dedicated to protecting the agricultural legacy of Nevada County. As a community, we rely on local food sources to increase our resilience and security. Over the years, BYLT has protected hundreds of acres of critical oak woodland habitat in Western Nevada County. Not only is this land crucial for wildlife habitat, it also serves as ideal rangeland for raising cattle. As these large ranches are very susceptible to subdivision and development, conserving large tracts of land ensures farmers have access to land and enable them to continue providing food commodities to our community. Read more about BYLT land conservation wins over the years:

12:00pm

Ask-an-Expert Midday Chat: Forever Farms
We are excited to host our community partners today at Noon for a discussion all about Forever Farms, food access, security and community resilience! This midday discussion invites guests from the BriarPatch Food Co-op, Mountain Bounty Farm, FogDog Farm and Sierra Harvest to talk about the current and future state of food in our community and what COVID19 is teaching us about community needs. Opportunities will also be shared for how to get involved through the Forever Farms program, led by BYLT.