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May 05

Spring time Youth in Wilderness 2016

Pine Ridge Trailhead

Pine Ridge Trailhead with Carmel Middle School

It's been an incredible Spring in the Big Sur backcountry!  I've finally found the time to share some of the awesome moments from the last several months in the gorgeous Ventana and Silver Peak Wilderness areas.  In total, we've run nine Youth in Wilderness outings, connecting 82 young people to their public wildlands.  We've been delighted by bountiful flowers, gushing streams and rivers and the greenest spring in recent memory. Along the way, we introduced young men and women to the ethics and practice of wilderness travel and stewardship while familiarizing them with the incredible biodiversity we have here on the central coast.  As these photos attest, we had a great time!  So much thanks go to our generous funders and supporters; Arkay Foundation, Alexander P. Saxton Trust, Monterey Peninsula Foundation, Community Foundation for Monterey County, Fernandez Pave the Way Foundation, The Dean Witter Foundation, Tom and Julie Anne Hopkins, Paul and Margaret Danielson, Save the Redwoods League and the North Face Explore Fund.  Through their generous support, we've connected area youth to Wilderness, improved the program and upgraded our backpacking gear. We've also added new partners such as the Carmel Middle School Achievement Gap program, Warner Davis High School in Seaside and Paso Robles Youth in Action, a gang prevention program in San Luis Obispo county.  Carmel Middle School has been an especially welcomed partner in that many of their students reside in Big Sur and Cachagua, the Ventana Wilderness is their backyard!  This spring to date we've provided over 700 hours of outdoor education and contributed 400 hours of stewardship.  Thanks for supporting our Youth in Wilderness program and our public wildlands.  Today's youth are tomorrow's community leaders and wilderness advocates.  Please enjoy these glimpses into our journeys.
Pine Valley Creek water refill

Pine Valley Creek water refill for Carmel Middle School Students

Descending toward the Big Sur River

Descending toward the Big Sur River

The crew under a giant coast redwood, Terrace Creek camp

Carmel Middle School crew under a giant coast redwood, Terrace Creek camp

Rancho Cielo Star

Dinner time with Rancho Cielo Silver Star on the Little Sur

Crossing the Little Sur

Crossing the Little Sur on a day hike adventure

Leaving our camp under the old-growth redwoods

Leaving our camp under the old-growth redwoods with Ranco Cielo Silver Star

Warner Davis High School at Cruickshank

Warner Davis High School at Cruickshank

at the Wilderness boundary

Warner Davis at the Wilderness boundary

Wild strawberries!

Wild strawberries!

Discovering the southernmost Redwoods

Discovering the southernmost Redwoods

Arroyo Seco

Arroyo Seco with Rancho Cielo Culinary Academy

Student Jessie Sanchez holds up a bag of  trash cleaned up at the Arroyo Seco Gorge

Student Jessie Sanchez holds up a bag of trash cleaned up at the Arroyo Seco Gorge

Rancho Cielo Culinary Academy heads into the Wilderness on the Marble Peak trail

Rancho Cielo Culinary Academy heads into the Wilderness on the Marble Peak trail

YiW Lead Instructor Francisco Guzman talks LNT principles at Adobe Camp along Willow Creek

YiW Lead Instructor Francisco Guzman talks LNT principles at Adobe Camp along Willow Creek

Culinary Academy students Issac and Jessie cooking up a backcountry meal for the group

Culinary Academy students Issac and Jessie cooking up a backcountry meal for the group

Camp sweep

Camp sweep

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sit spot

sit spot

South Coast

South Coast

Paso Robles 'Youth in Action' students set up tents

Paso Robles 'Youth in Action' students set up tents

Hike to the sunset

Paso Robles students hike to the sunset

Relaxing

Relaxing

making pancakes

Making pancakes

Bow drill kit for fire by friction

Bow drill kit for fire by friction

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Bow drill in action

group shot

Castilleja afinis

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Students from Paso Robles and Seaside pose for picture

Heading out

Heading out

IMG_6791 Thanks for reading our blog and for supporting Wilderness!

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