Forest Service and STEEC partner to present virtual field trip for Tahoe Basin students

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[Image]: Forest Service Shield.SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif., June 8, 2020 – The USDA Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU) in collaboration with our South Tahoe Environmental Education Coalition (STEEC) partners recently presented the Woods Water Wildlife Virtual Field Trip to Tahoe Basin kindergarten- through second-grade students. This field trip is normally offered every year in May on National Forest Lands at Lam Watah Meadow and Nevada Beach, but this year required a bit of creative thinking.

“STEEC’s goal is to build every student’s environmental literacy and we decided students still deserve to learn about their environment and to build their individual relationships with nature,” said LTBMU Conservation Education Coordinator, Megan Dee. “It’s disappointing that with so many changes to students’ lives this year, they had the added burden of not being at school with their classmates and teachers. Our goal was to provide these lessons so students have the opportunity to continue learning outside and to become familiar with the many environmental agencies in our community that help protect Lake Tahoe.”

The LTBMU, in partnership with STEEC, created this program back in 2011 with help from the More Kids in the Woods Grant, whose main purpose was simply getting students outdoors. Since then, STEEC has helped continue this field trip, which focuses on the Lake Tahoe environment in these three categories: exploration and stewardship, water education, and environmental education.

In lieu of a traditional in-person field trip, STEEC wanted to ensure that the approximately 1,000 kindergarten- through second-grade students in the Lake Tahoe Unified School District (LTUSD) and Zephyr Cove Elementary still received an abbreviated version of the field trip this year, while engaging students safely in an outdoor setting and learning about the local Lake Tahoe environment.

“The LTUSD is pleased to partner with STEEC and are thankful for their countless efforts in making virtual learning in environmental education possible for our kids,” said Lake Tahoe Environmental Science Magnet School Principal and LTUSD STEEC Liaison, Joel Dameral. “It has been refreshing for students and teachers alike to have STEEC’s partners drive environmental education lessons this year.”

The LTBMU wishes to thank the following STEEC partners who led and contributed to the virtual field trip: League to Save Lake Tahoe, South Tahoe Public Utility District, Sugar Pine Foundation, Tahoe Institute for Natural Science, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency and UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center.

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Woods Water Wildlife field trip at lam Watah Meadow.


Photo caption: A past year’s Woods Water Wildlife field trip for kindergarten- through second-grade students held on National Forest lands at Lam Watah Meadow near Nevada Beach. Photo credit: USDA Forest Service.

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