Floating Island Science Project

WildPlaces joined this year’s Field Science Weekend to guide students in the construction of two floating islands planted with native riparian vegetation to create habitat and cleaner water. Circle J’s Field Science Weekend is an effort to involve students in hands-on field science and expose them to exciting career opportunities in the field sciences and conservation.

Immersed in the Wild La Sierra High School

Students took part in a three-day outdoor camping, leadership and education program. Participants were kept happy, full and warm (it snowed on us this trip) as expert educators guided them through activities.

Immersed in the Wild Walt Dolores Huerta Foundation

Students took part in a four-day outdoor camping, leadership and education program. Participants were kept happy and full as expert educators guided them through activities.

Immersed in the Wild Walt Whitman High School

Students took part in a four day outdoor camping, leadership and education program. Participants were kept happy and full with local organic fruit and produce cooked by our Immersed in the Wild chef as expert educators guided them through lessons.

La Sierra High School Garden Project at Circle J Norris Ranch

Students from La Sierra High School in Porterville spent a semester researching, designing and planting a native plant garden at Circle J Norris ranch near Springville. This student service leaning project was supported by WildPlaces staff, Circle J Norris Ranch and volunteers.

Loggy Meadow Restoration

The Loggy Meadow restoration project is a joint effort between WildPlaces and the U.S. Forest Service to restore the meadow’s hydrology and ecology to a healthy state. The U.S. Forest Service has fenced off the meadow stream and secured hay bales to the stream banks to slow erosion. Volunteers from WildPlaces’ Immersed in the Wild program have planted hundreds of willows in an effort to anchor the hay bales and stabilize stream banks that have been eroded by unsustainable cattle grazing practices.

Open Office and Youth Mandala

October 25th was a fun day for WildPlaces. It was a day when we honored all of the volunteers and members that make our work possible.

Project 180 and Río Limpio

Project 180 is a county-wide program of gang prevention in Bakersfield collaborating with law enforcement, courts, local service agencies, schools, parents and children to bring it about. Project 180 is charged with turning things around by providing three direct services: mentoring for at risk children, understanding through a program called Parent Project and aggression replacement training for at risk students.

Río Limpio: Tule River Outreach and Cleanup

The Río Limpio (Clean River) Project was created through outreach and education to provide a unified effort to keep the Tule River beautiful, clean, safe and open for all to enjoy. Volunteers garbage and remove graffiti from the river while reaching out to river users to teach the importance of good stewardship practices.

Scout Pack 137

WildPlaces staff led Cub Scout Pack 137 on an adventure hike along the Tule River. Scouts were introduced to the concepts ecosystems, habitat, biodiversity and watersheds. They also built on their map and compass skills earning their compass and hiking badges!

Sequoia Forest Days

Volunteers joined WildPlaces and the U.S. Forest Service to replant 30 Giant Sequoia seedlings on the Trail of 100 Giants. The seedlings were propagated in the Springville nursery and the Cal Native Plant Nursery in Porterville from seeds collected from the Trail of 100 Giants.

Springville Apple Fest

WildPlaces hosts a youth art and information booth each year at the Apple Festival. Passing families stop and kids get to paint trout in a river or an acorn woodpecker to take home with them! We also pass out information about WildPlaces, our programs and search for new members.Sponsored by the Springville Community Club, the Apple Festival is a family oriented, non-profit, alcohol and drug free event that attracts more than 30,000 visitors each year.

Springville School and Americorps

On April 29th the entire 5th grade class of Springville School, about 50 students in all, joined WildPlaces and 27 AmeriCorps volunteers at River Ridge Ranch for a day of fun and service learning.

Trout in the Classroom

Trout in the Classroom (TIC) is an environmental education program in which students grades K-12 raise trout from eggs to fry, monitor tank water quality, engage in stream habitat studies and learn to appreciate water resources among many things.

Immersed in the Wild White Pine Blister Rust Surveys 2010

WildPlaces and the US Forest Service are working together to get youth outdoors for Immersed in the Wild in 2010. Youth participants from Granite Hills High School, and Monache High School also participated in this collaboration. We took 18 students from these high schools to Sequoia National Forest in the Golden Trout Wilderness to perform a USFS survey on the white pines. These surveys help the USFS track the health of the trees in the high elevation of the wilderness. In the field students are responsible for conducting these surveys. They are trained by the USFS to perform a Common Stand Exam, which is used nation-wide to track changes in America’s forests. Students are also trained in USFS equipment, GPS, and navigation. While in the field students learn backpacking, camp safety, team-building, botany, nature ethics, and ecology.

Back Country Wilderness Restoration

Youth and adult volunteers from Monache, Granite Hills and Walt Whitman High Schools  conducted  a series of 6-day backcountry trips designed to restore and enhance Wilderness character in the Golden Trout Wilderness in GSNM. These students and WildPlaces organizers surveyed and mapped dispersed camp sites on the Little Kern River as part of a three-year effort to restore highly impacted and under-managed/under-funded sites that are damaging recreation, water and habitat quality.

Even while the Lion Fire continued burning in the vicinity, WildPlaces’ staff and volunteers were undaunted. And, with careful monitoring, satellite and radio communications with USFS, and emergency protocols in place, staff and volunteers completed the work, provided a very meaningful, once-in-lifetime experience, and ensured safety.