The “Kid’s Creek Forest” in the eastern portion of the Delleker “T,” near Portola, CA, will soon be delineated by a fence and designated with formal signage.
The fence will protect the special area allowing students and teachers from C. Roy Carmichael Elementary School and Portola Jr./Sr. High School to safely explore a wide variety of educational resources and opportunities on the site, according to Janine Book, Acting Beckwourth District Ranger. In the next few years, the students will be involved in planning trails as well as designing interpretive signs and other projects.
The overall Children’s Forest project, announced last spring, is a partnership between the Plumas National Forest, Plumas Unified School District (PUSD), Plumas-Sierra Rural Electric Cooperative, the Feather River Land Trust and the City of Portola. A Forest Service grant provided project funding.
Skies were clear over the Mt. Hough Ranger District on Saturday, but the air was chilly and leaves were showing the first hints of brown. It was October 1, and coincidentally, one of the first cool days of the season. For the guests at the Plumas National Forest Fall Fest held at the district headquarters, it was an opportunity to enjoy and learn about the forest, play games, and hear great music! This year, creative youngsters sampled a variety of craft projects that left them paint-spattered, glitter-smeared, and smiling. Other activities included an “archeological” dig for buried treasure, a chance to use tree rings to guess the age of a tree, and a tour of the Butterfly Valley Botanical Area. In addition to arts and crafts, the Fall Fest offered grilled hamburgers and hot dogs, and Smokey Bear made an appearance!
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