By Bureau of Reclamation  Are you smarter than a fifth grader? Reclamation Public Affairs Specialist Lauren Lambert may have asked herself this question while on her way to visit fifth graders at the Washington International School in the D.C. neighborhood of Georgetown on March 21.Reclamation had the opportunity to go to the Washington International School and sit down with four students to discuss one of the most important topics of our time - water scarcity in the southwest. The students began their six week water scarcity study in February, collecting data, interviewing subject...
Live near Lake Berryessa? Reclamation’s Central California Area Office announces spring 2014 park events and Park Ranger interpretive programs at Lake Berryessa in Napa County, Calif. All activities will be held rain or shine and are free of charge. Some programs have group-size limitations, so please contact the Park Ranger office regarding availability. Participants should wear sturdy shoes and clothing appropriate for the weather and bring water and sunscreen for daytime activities. Children are welcome, but those under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.Read more here: http...
By Bureau of Reclamation  Did you ever use your skill, ingenuity, craftsmanship and a meticulous attention to detail to build something special – just so someone else could destroy it in a matter of seconds?On March 1, students from more than 61 local elementary, junior and senior high schools enthusiastically submitted their wooden model bridges for load testing to the point of destruction to do just that. At the 25th Annual Southern Nevada Regional Student Model Bridge Building Contest, sponsored by the American Society of Civil Engineers, and held at the University of Nevada-Las...
By Bureau of Reclamation Early Saturday morning on March 8, hundreds of Girl Scouts and their adult supervisors converged on the top of Hoover Dam for their annual “Rock the Dam” event to celebrate Girl Scouting.During the event, scouts and their leaders exchanged souvenirs, conducted sing-a-longs, participate in hands-on activities, and as a “sea of green” took their ceremonial walk across Hoover Dam.“We had close to 700 [Girl Scouts] registered, but I saw many family members who were not registered,” said Emily Smith, chief operating officer, Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada. “I’d...
By Bureau of Reclamation February is a month of various observances. Among them is National Job Shadow Day, which strives to give students a new perspective on their studies through hands-on learning and a one-day mentoring experience. This year 30 students from East Career and Technical Academy in Las Vegas visited Reclamation's Lower Colorado Regional Office to participate in this observance, "shadow" Regional employees and learn about some aspects of their jobs.The event provided an opportunity for potential job applicants to learn about the region, its work, and how employees, with...
By Bureau of Reclamation   On a hot summer's day in northeast Oregon's Catherine Creek, a survey crew is working the creek bed. "I'm in a beautiful place, somewhere I've never been" says Megan Venetianer, a Philadelphia native and survey crew leader for the Columbia Habitat Monitoring Program (CHaMP). Megan aims a digital transit while two rod men trudge through underbrush, crawl up side channels, and trip over river rocks to align their laser sights. Over the last two months, they've spent eight to ten hours a day mapping hundreds of river reaches in Oregon's Grande Ronde River Basin. She...
Written by SARA SMITH SELL for LOHUD.COM – Aug. 21, 2013 The annual Green Team camping trips have become a thing of legend among Groundwork Hudson Valley’s youth employees. From the night hikes, which inevitably involve excessive screaming, to going days without electricity, the trips are remembered fondly for years afterward. This year’s was no exception, but it had an added twist. Members of the Green Team not only camped but also hiked nearly 20 miles on the Appalachian Trail across Maryland, carrying all of their gear. The 10 members represent five different high schools in Yonkers and...
  • Groundwork Hudson Valley's youth employees on their summer 2013 Appalachian Trail hike from Maryland to West Virginia. They all attend school in Yonkers. / Submitted by Groundwork Hudson Valley
By Bureau of Reclamation The McGee Creek Project, located in southeastern Oklahoma, includes a 10,000 acre land tract known as the natural scenic recreation area (NSRA). The NSRA was set aside by legislation to protect the unique features of the area, and to provide a wilderness-type experience for its users. Its size, rugged character, and relative isolation make it well suited for recreational opportunities such as: backpacking, nature study, bird watching, hiking, equestrian trail riding, camping, and mountain biking. The NSRA includes approximately 48 miles of multipurpose trails and...
Over 100 high school students gathered at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, WV, for the 5th Annual Student Climate and Conservation Congress (SC3) in June 2013. The Congress is a collaborative effort between the Service and the Green Schools Alliance (GSA), a coalition of over 1,500 schools in the U.S. and around the globe, that are committed to improve the ecological sustainability of their schools. At SC3, students were empowered to become conservation leaders in their schools and communities. Each year since 2009, SC3 has brought...
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It was a sweltering Tuesday in June, but the group of 50 Latino youth boarding the raft at the base of Hoover Dam were undaunted by the heat and thrilled for this new adventure. They were among 260 high-school and college students who fundraised the entire year to pay for their trip to the LULAC and the University of Las Vegas' annual youth leadership development conference. Other students visited Moapa Valley National Wildlife Refuge, Hoover Dam, and Red Rock Canyon as part of the NPS and DOI outreach to Latino youth. Among the many themes for the day were outdoor experiences can take many...
  • Latino youth learn what America's Great Outdoors has to offer
  • Latino youth learn what America's Great Outdoors has to offer

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