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Natural Resource Professionals Pitch in for 6th Grade Youth Camp

Richmond School students enjoy some time by the lake while having fun with binoculars
Richmond School students enjoy some time by the lake while having fun with binoculars

Last month, Richmond School sixth grade students made the trip up to Lassen County Youth Camp at Eagle Lake to continue their tradition of attending Camp In the Forest, a program of the Lassen County Environmental Education Collaborative.

The 25 campers were visited by resource professionals from four different agencies over three days. Students learned about orienteering, animal behavior, how to use a dichotomous key to identify trees, and soil science, among other subjects.

This is the third year that the LCEEC has worked together to facilitate the program for the sixth grade Camp in the Forest outdoor school. The collaboration has helped to multiply and enhance the outreach and education efforts of all the program partners while providing a consistent experience in the natural sciences for sixth grade students who hike, climb, and learn while at camp.

“The Collaborative is thrilled and grateful that so many of the area’s natural resource professionals made the trip to Lassen County Youth Camp to provide outdoor and environmental education lessons for the students,” said LCEEC Education Coordinator Jessie Diermier. “Our thanks go out to Chris O’Brien (Lassen National Forest), Adrienne Martin (National Resource Conservation Service), Lillie Pennington (BLM-Eagle Lake Field Office), Rachel Payer (BLM-Eagle Lake Field Office), and Brian Ehler (California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife). We are also grateful to Richmond School’s Amy Phillips, her dedicated teaching staff, and the parent volunteers who cooked, cleaned, and made the trip so magical for the kids.”

The Camp in the Forest is a program of the LCEEC, a partnership of the BLM Eagle Lake Field Office, Lassen National Forest, the Lassen County Office of Education, and Lassen Land and Trails Trust. For more information about the Collaborative, the Trust, their work or about trails to enjoy, please visit www.lassenlandandtrailstrust.org.

Brian Ehler discusses wildlife safety before an animal evidence hike
Brian Ehler discusses wildlife safety before an animal evidence hike
Chris OBrien displays a mule deer spine and ribcage during an orienteering lesson
Chris OBrien displays a mule deer spine and ribcage during an orienteering lesson
Lillie Pennington takes Richmond Elementary students on a dichotomous key adventure
Lillie Pennington takes Richmond Elementary students on a dichotomous key adventure
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