Kids 'n Nature
We believe connecting kids to nature is important. When young people learn to enjoy and understand the natural world, they are more likely to value nature and the out of doors throughout their lives. Kids of all ages benefit from experiencing nature, and being outside is one of the best ways to relax and deal with stress. Each year, the Land Trust works with hundreds of schoolchildren through educational programming and recreational activities. Some of the unique programs we are proud to be part of include Wild Outdoor Week (WOW), the New Roots program, Bird by Bird, and other unique learning opportunities throughout the year.
Wild Outdoor Week
WOW is a week-long opportunity for local teenagers to peek inside the world of environmental work. Approximately 20 high schoolers spend one week learning about careers in environmental science, using the outdoors as a classroom.
Students travel to various locations around the Treasure Valley to experience resource management and conservation while gaining leadership and teamwork skills. They connect with professionals in various STEAM fields each day and learn the connection between science and nature.
Examples of different project days include hiking into the headwaters of Dry Creek to inventory Red Band Trout populations, plant identification at Bogus Basin, flagging new trail alignment in the Boise foothills, and interactive lessons at the Boise WaterShed Education Center. Throughout the week, students have the opportunity to learn basic outdoor skills including hiking, backcountry navigation and outdoor safety through fun, memorable experiences.
WOW is a collaborative program of the Land Trust, the US Forest Service, Idaho Conservation Corps and several dedicated volunteers. It is free for students to participate and usually runs over spring break.
Bird by Bird
Bird by Bird is a program organized by the US Fish & Wildlife Service and Idaho Fish & Game. It brings birding to schools across the Treasure Valley and serves to foster environmental stewardship amongst students. Bird by Bird provides students with the opportunity to take their classroom experiences home by teaching them how and when to look for birds, as well as how to build and use bird feeders to attract and count species. Facilitators visit Idaho schools to provide instruction and lessons while students assist Idaho Fish & Game by cataloguing bird populations.