This week Project Spotlight is featuring our youth program Greenville Outdoor Adventure Learning (GOAL). GOAL was started by the Sierra Institute (SI) in order to show local youth awesome ways to recreate outside in their own “back yard” and beyond. We aim to teach responsible, safe and in environmentally conscious recreation. Outdoor recreation leads to self-confidence, leadership development and a love for nature which encourages stewardship for the land. Past trips have included snowshoeing, camping and day hiking in Lassen National Park, moonlight kayak trips, and backpacking in the Lost Coast.
Our next trip takes place over spring break and is an incredible backpacking journey in southern Oregon through the Rogue Wilderness. From April 8th-12th, a group of 12 youth, 7th -12th graders, from Indian Valley and two leaders from SI will embark on a 28.1 mile trek up mountains, along ridges and finally, traversing next to the wild Rogue River. Participants will learn what “roughing it” in the wild really looks like while relying on themselves and their peers to stay safe and have a successful trip.
This trip is made possible by a grant from the Common Good Community Foundation of Plumas County. Participants will also attend a First Aid/CPR certification class taught by Tony Balbiani. Check our blog at the end of April for photos and a recap of the adventure!
For more information about our trips and program, check out our GOAL page on our Sierra Institute website http://sierrainstitute.us/greenville-outdoor-adventure-learning/#GOAL
or feel free to e-mail Ashley Bomar ; abomar@SierraInstitute.us
Written by Ashley Bomar for Project Spotlight Youth Stewardship