Cedar WildFire Recovery -- Tree Planting II
Jun
3
Jun 4

Cedar WildFire Recovery -- Tree Planting II

  • meeting location for Saturday

Two tree plantings have been scheduled on May 20-21 and June 3-4, 2017. Volunteers are needed to plant 3,000 seedlings in two events in the Cedar Wildfire Burn Area located near  Portuguese Pass and Sugarloaf, which in 2016, burned 30,000 acres in the Sequoia National Forest. A pretty ambitious task!

Volunteers will meet at CHMA Community Center at 8 a.m. for  an 8.30 a.m. departure. Personnel gear list is available as well as other important details. Camping is free at the site. Work is moderate to difficult. 

Wilderness Ranger Academy
Jun
5
Jun 9

Wilderness Ranger Academy

It's that time of the year again. Those who like the Wilderness Areas of the Sierra, enjoy working like crazy to clear trails, going to bed exhausted, and waking up to do it again....are invited to attend this training which teaches skills using cross cut saw use, trail repair, Leave No Trace, orienteering, first aid, and more. All expenses paid. Limited spots available.


Cedar Wildfire Recovery-- Tree Planting I
May
20
May 21

Cedar Wildfire Recovery-- Tree Planting I

  • meeting place for Saturday

Two tree plantings have been scheduled on May 20-21 and June 3-4, 2017. Volunteers are needed to plant 3,000 seedlings in two events in the Cedar Wildfire Burn Area located near  Portuguese Pass and Sugarloaf in the Sequoia National Forest, which in 2016, burned 30,000 acres in the Sequoia National Forest. A pretty ambitious task!

Volunteers will meet at CHMA Community Center at 8 a.m. for  an 8.30 a.m. departure (466 East Putnam Ave; Porterville, CA 93266. Personnel gear list is available as well as other important details. Camping is free at the site. Work is moderate to difficult. 

Register by email at info@wildplaces.net or 559.539.5263

Weather expected clear and warming highs 86 degrees, lows at night 57 degrees. Sunny with slight 5 mph WSW winds.

WildLeaders Training and River Safety
May
13
May 14

WildLeaders Training and River Safety

  • WildPlaces

 

WildPlaces' staff, new volunteer recruits, and Program Leaders attend this two-day workshop and receive specific site/field training to ensure safety and program impact. Basic first aid, media, communications, volunteer management, and emergency response/risk management are emphasiszed. Held on the Tule River in Springville, particiapants will camp, cook together, and understand WP policy \vision and vision This is free of charge and all food is provided.

Friday May 12th: Participants are encouraged to arrive Friday before training. Food will be ready for late arrivals. Camping is free and beautiful at the training site.

Saturday May 13th:

8-9am: Group Prepared Breakfast/Registration

9-9:30am: WildPlaces Overview and the summer calendar

9:30-11:30am: Risk Managment and WP Policy workshop will describe how to handle potentially scary and dangerous field situations, group dynamics, communications and consider what options are available to you as a WildPlaces' leader.

11:30-12:30pm: Lunch and Break to the River

1:00-4:00 pm River Safety/Intro to Swift Water Rescue : Emergency Scenarios will present possible field emergencies to the group and provide opportunity to practice preparedness in a controlled setting for what might happen in a wild setting and on the river.

4:00 pm: Debrief and Free Time

Free TIME

6:30 pm Supper is Provided

Evening Activity : Fire Building Competition

 

Sunday May 14th:

Fire Ecology and Wildfire Recovery Project Overview.

WP Summer Events Calendar Review and Sign up

Participants are invited to go on a hike or a bike or relax on the river.

UPDATE: 

The drownings (three now) on Tule River has tarnished the Kern and Tule Rivers' reputations quite a bit and enforcement agencies will close many sites including many of the free sites above and below "The Stairs" that WP has adopted over the years. Prior to the drownings, our position in light of increased use on the river and environmental impacts plus reduced federal budgets was to agree to temporary closure of 1/3 of the sites, allowing WP to oversee the remaining. Now any such discussion about which sites will be closed is out the window.

Now in light of the drownings, WildPlaces will conduct an Introduction to Swift Water Rescue for our volunteers, staff, and the public and will occur on May 13th from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. at the WildLeaders Training in Springville (5/13-14).

See www.wildplaces.net and fb for details and to sign up. Space is limited. THIS IS ONLY AN INTRODUCTION AND CARRIES NO CERTIFICATION UPON COMPLETION.

The WildLeaders Training will also cover basic risk management in field settings, orienteering, and first aid. Cost is free to WildPlaces' volunteers and $10-25 (sliding scale ) for all others. Gotta register by reaching Mehmet at 760.447.1702 and mehmet@wildplaces.net.

If you have any questions or would like to attend, please contact Mehmet: mehmet@wildplaces.net and 559.539.5263

Goldman Environmental Prize Ceremony
Apr
24
4:00 pm16:00

Goldman Environmental Prize Ceremony

The Goldman Environmental Prize ceremony is held at the San Francisco War Memorial Opera House every April, followed by a ceremony in Washington, D.C. two days later. Both events are by invitation only.

More than 3,000 people attend the always packed, emotion-filled event. The ceremony features short documentary films to provide an introduction to the Prize recipients and their accomplishments. A member of the Goldman family presents the recipients with their Ouroboros statuettes, following the recipients’ address to the audience.

The celebration continues at a reception at San Francisco City Hall featuring organic and seasonal ingredients. We make every effort to compost and recycle all refuse, keeping our celebration as sustainable as possible.

Speak for the Trees
Apr
4
1:00 am01:00

Speak for the Trees

  • 2600 Fresno Street Fresno, CA, 93721 United States

4 Listening Sessions on Title V Update

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 9-12pm City of Fresno- Council Chamber 2600 Fresno Street Fresno, CA 93721

 

Title V affects school siting and design standards
Hosted by Calif Dept of Education & Office of Planning and Research

The California Department of Education (CDE) is reviewing the standards for school site selection and design pursuant to the California Code of Regulations, Title 5. The CDE and the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) invite members of the community to provide informal input on areas the CDE should consider in developing regulatory amendments. CDE will: • Describe the current Title 5 regulations • Present an overview of the timeline and process for Title 5 update • Provide an opportunity to provide comments at each of the listening sessions

Nature Deficit Disorder Hike
Mar
19
8:30 am08:30

Nature Deficit Disorder Hike

The well-being of our species depends on our relationship with Nature because everything we EAT, USE, or MAKE, is a gift freely offered and initially derived from Nature. Join us. Partake in our pro-active indigenous perspectives series and experience Nature through all your senses.     Please note that e.i.m. events, are always zero-waste. Thank you

Giant Sequoia Seedling Planting
Mar
5
10:00 am10:00

Giant Sequoia Seedling Planting

  • belknap Campground

“Planting Giant Sequoia Seedling – A Rare Opportunity “
How many people have had the peak experience of planting one year-old Giant Sequoia seedlings BACK into the mother grove from which the seeds were collected? Outside the mostly inappropriate locations one finds Giant sequoias, there are only a handful of those who plant like we do at WildPlaces. Do you want to be part of the “one percent” who plant these trees and essentially plan for the future- 3,000 years?

Giant Sequoias are the largest living creatures on the planet. They exist naturally in a very finite elevation band along the west slope of the Sierra with 75 plus groves being in the Tulare County. Studies confirm that Sequoias mitigate climate change by holding carbon for 3,000 years and more, reducing the rate and intensity of climate impacts, most notably for Tulare County in the on-going drought. Of course, many other benefits flourish as the groves flourish—habitat for wildlife, prevention of catastrophic fires, and the expansion of our spirits’ imagination.

WildPlaces offers this opportunity for a fourth time (The first three planting occurred at the Trail of 100 Giants in 2010-12 with youth from Dolores Huerta Foundation, Walt Whitman High School, Mongolian Youth Camp, and Burton Pathways.). Three plantings are scheduled along with one year of tree care to ensure survival of each of the 40 seedling. The dates:
• November 26, 2016 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.
• December 10, 2016
• March 5th 2017

"Planting Sequoiadendron giganteum back in 2010-12 was a life changing experience”, says Ian Herdell, past Program Coordinator for WildPlaces. “It was awesome. But why have so few folks, who practically live in the shadow of these giants, are not better utilizing their power as a tool for self-care?”

“The preservation and education about our Giant Sequoia heritage is everyone's gift from Nature as well as the responsibility we all share”, says Mehmet McMillan, Founder. “As a grassroots, volunteer-driven organization, WildPlaces holds the stewardship of land and water at center of it mission. These Giant sequoia plantings certainly speak to this.”

Space is very limited. To sign-up, send an email to info@wildplaces.net and tell why you think you should be invited to the events. Youth groups and those bringing youth get priority as do those donating to the Sponsor-a-Sequoia Youth fundraiser, which ensures that youth have transportation, guidance from field leaders, safety, and lunch. Donations are tax deductible and will guarantee your spot at the planting. 

WildPlaces is a tax-exempt 501(c)3 project of SEE and envisions a balanced and diverse world ecosystem, where Nature's perfection is left untrammeled and where communities are aware of and take direct action in the long term preservation, health, and sustainability of all natural and wild places where the nexus of culture and environment is fostered and regained-- a nature ethic that will spread locally, regionally, and worldwide.

Feb
19
5:30 am05:30

Fresno State Univ Humanics Program

  • WildPlaces

Humanics@FresnoState transforms lives and perspectives on leadership & philanthropy and engenders Exceptional Leaders, Enhanced Organizations, & Enriched Communities. WildPlaces is fortunate to be one of the organizations studies for its unique origins and unorthodox methods to success.  It seems that the road less traveled by non-profits efforts is seen more and more as perfectly legitimate, accountable, and effect. 

This year, 20 students plus instructor Don Simmons is working with, constructively dissecting, and working directly with 20  Community Benefit Organizations from throughout the valley and will visit 10 CBO's (one being WildPlaces).

Two more voluneer leaders are needed to help with logistic from 2 pm until 6 p.m on day of event. Reach mehmet@wildplaces.net

Oct
22
8:00 am08:00

Reduce, Reuse, ReWild

WildPlaces will be hosting its end of the year fundraiser with the theme “Reduce, Reuse, ReWild”. Games, Food, Prizes, Silent Auction and more. Stay tuned for details.

Sep
17
Sep 18

Río Limpio: Great Sierra River Cleanup

Volunteers invited to join in stewardship action on the upper Tule River above Springville along with over 50 organizations throughout the Sierra Nevada in this California-wide river and coastal stewardship day. Tasks include trash and graffiti removal, trail maintenance, and outreach to other river users. Volunteers to meet at Springville Veterans Park for orientation and safety and then will caravan to high-use spots along the river. Bring sturdy, close-toed shoes, hat, sunscreen, water bottle, and lunch. 

Aug
29
Sep 5

Burning Man with Earth Guardians

Three WildPlaces volunteers will attend the Earth Guardian Camp at Burning Man to volunteer as stewards of the Playa/Black Rock City. This is our fifth year in partnering with Earth Guardians and our volunteers will return with a few more tools to creatively inspire stewardship and personal responsibility here in our region. 

Aug
12
Aug 14

Jennie Lakes Wilderness

WildPlaces will go backcountry into Jennie Lakes Wilderness to conduct outreach presentations about nature ethic and stewardship in wilderness locations. The Leave No Trace Principles will be explained to wilderness users while also asking for input for better management practices. Difficulty is moderate to difficult. Backpacking skills highly recommended; however, novice backpackers are welcome to attend a workshop in advance to better prepare for this trip. RSVP at info@wildplaces.net and 559.539.5263. Space is limited.

Jul
29
Jul 31

Long Meadow Restoration

Our restoration piece will be on the morning of July 30th to water willows on the Long Meadow Restoration site and to collect willow cuttings for propagation in our nursery for planting next year. We will be partnering up with the Dolores Huerta Foundation on this restoration piece. Car camping is available and free.

Jul
3
9:00 am09:00

Río Limpio

Volunteers invited to join in stewardship action on the upper Tule River above Springville. Tasks include trash and graffiti removal, trail maintenance, and outreach to other river users. Volunteers to meet at Springville Veterans Park for orientation and safety and then will caravan to high-use spots along the river. Bring sturdy, close-toed shoes, hat, sunscreen, water bottle, and lunch.

May
29
9:00 am09:00

Río Limpio

Volunteers invited to join in stewardship action on the upper Tule River above Springville. Tasks include trash and graffiti removal, trail maintenance, and outreach to other river users. Volunteers to meet at Springville Veterans Park for orientation and safety and then will caravan to high-use spots along the river. Bring sturdy, close-toed shoes, hat, sunscreen, water bottle, and lunch.

May
14
May 15

WildLeaders Training

WildPlaces Staff and Volunteer Program Leaders will receive program specific training on topics like safety, first aid, emergency response, youth engagement, teamwork and leadership. If you are interested in being a leader during our upcoming program season, this training is a must!

May
9
8:30 am08:30

Artboles River Trip

Students from the ArtBoles program will take their second field trip into the Southern Sierra.  This trip will focus on riparian landscapes and habitats. Students will hike the fisherman’s trail along the Tule River.

Apr
18
Apr 19

Goldman Prize Award

The Goldman Environmental Prize honors grassroots environmental heroes from the world’s six inhabited continental regions: Africa, Asia, Europe, Islands & Island Nations, North America, and South & Central America. The prize recognizes individuals for sustained and significant efforts to protect and enhance the natural environment. 

WildPlaces will take a select number of students and volunteers to San Francisco for an overnight stay at the HI San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf hostel.

Building 240
Fort Mason
San Francisco, CA 94123

Youth will have the opportunity to meet and be inspired by people working for a better world.

Mar
15
8:00 am08:00

Kern River: Leave No Trace

Join us for on the spot training and repair of specific problems faced by a highly user impacted river. Volunteers are encouraged to join us for this day on the Kern and take these principles back home.

Mar
12
Mar 13

Kern River Preserve

Over the past 31 years Audubon and The Nature Conservancy volunteers have planted thousands of trees and understory plants from local stock to restore the once vibrant riparian forest and surrounding upland vegetation. WildPlaces volunteers will help roll irrigation lines up on a site, weed, prepare planting sites and plant seeds.

Dec
31
Jan 1

New Year's Eve 2016: Climate Carnival Fundraiser

A New Year for a New Climate

Keynote speaker on "Climate and Communities"

DJ and dancing, silent auction, games, photos, 50/50 drawing, treats, and beverages.

Come dressed as your favorite climate endangered species and get a free gift!

Tickets: $10

Free admission for youth who have attended WildPlaces projects.

Presale tickets can be purchased with check, credit card, or PayPal.

Call 559.539.5263

466 East Putnam Avenue
Porterville, California 93257