Learning Along the River

LATR logoThe US-LT RCD is pleased to announce a new educational program benefiting students at Lillian Larsen School in San Miguel. “Learning Along the River” is a 10 week outdoor education program which will take place along the banks of the Salinas River in San Miguel. Students will also have the opportunity to explore several local farms.

We created this program as a means to coordinate and sustain a network of teachers, students, conservation specialists and other community members to plan and implement an outdoor education program for economically disadvantaged students in north San Luis Obispo County. Selected 6th and 7th graders from Lillian Larsen Elementary in San Miguel will participate in a hands-on adventure of watershed studies and learn the importance of conservation practices along the Salinas River. Our watershed science education activities emphasize project based learning and offer an integrated learning experience for students to work together, learn from local experts, connect to their local watershed, and be empowered by their actions.

Students will participate in weekly sessions where they will learn about their local watershed, local agriculture, SLO County geologic history, orienteering and tracking, topographic mapping, soil testing, and riparian flora and fauna.  Several local experts will come to speak to the children each week, allowing students to learn about careers in natural sciences. At the end of the 10 week session the students will serve as guides on a nature hike for their families and the local community. This program is funded through the generosity of JUSTIN Vineyards and The Resnick Family Foundation, and the Community Foundation San Luis Obispo County.

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