If you’re like us, you love nature today because during your childhood, someone or some experience opened the window into the wonder of nature. Maybe you chased butterflies through the lot next door. Maybe your family went camping, or your granddad took you fishing. Maybe your teacher helped you plant a seed in cup, to grow in the windowsill at school.
Learning Landscapes is FRLT’s conservation and education program designed to greatly enhance children’s contact with the natural world, place-based learning, and hands-on stewardship experiences.
Together, we are conserving natural areas as Outdoor Classrooms within a 10-minute walk of every public school in the Feather River Watershed and supporting their educational use. Watch the video below to learn more about Learning Landscapes.
We work with dedicated teachers, local school districts, generous landowners, and countless skilled partners and community members to:
1. Conserve: We conserve and steward outdoor classrooms on campuses and natural areas next to public schools, making it easy for teachers to bring students outside to learn, play, and steward the land. More...
2. Enhance: We install trails, signs, and seating areas on campuses and adjacent lands to create ideal outdoor learning environments. More...
3. Support: We train and support K-12 teachers to “Teach from the Land” and lead their students in hands-on restoration and stewardship projects. More...
Science is suggesting what we intuitively know – that time in nature stimulates intelligence, creativity, and overall health and well-being. Wonder, curiosity, physical activity, place-based learning, and developing a land stewardship ethic are all part of the mix for supporting healthy children and healthy land.
By creating opportunities for teachers and students to steward the same landscape year after year, we aim to create a culture of care that students will carry with them for their lifetimes. Our vision is that no matter where they eventually settle, children in the Upper Feather River will have learned how to get to know a place, to love a place, and to take care of a place.
This unique program - conserving outdoor classrooms on campus and adjacent to every school - is generating lots of excitement. Learning Landscapes is now a strategic initiative of the Northern Sierra Partnership.
Want to start a program like Learning Landscapes in your watershed or community? Visit our Resources for Practitioners page.
Images: (1) Vanessa Vasquez, (2) Diego Lozano Films, (3) Chester High students