Because love of nature is a strong force for conservation, we work to connect people and nature. Our programs provide students, volunteers, visitors, and the local community opportunities to understand, engage with and preserve the wild lands on the Lost Coast of Northern California.
The Lost Coast Environmental Education Resource (LCEER) brings fun, hands-on learning about the environment to local schools. Teaching students about nature in their own back yard encourages the next generation of environmental stewards. On rainy days, large quilts depicting local ecosystems, such as river, soil, redwood canopy, are used as learning tools, bringing the lessons indoors. These quilts are created by a group of dedicated volunteers. Youth Interpreters are high school students we train to teach the lessons to elementary students. The high school students learn from the lessons themselves as well as learn teaching and leadership skills. This program is a partnership with the King Range National Conservation Area.
Summer Adventure Camp
“Summer Adventure Camp is the best camp ever!” said 9 year old Gigi of her camp experience. From tide pools to creeks and ridge tops to meadows, every day our campers see a new adventure. Our day camp serves over 60 kids each year, ages 4 – 13, bringing them outside to hike, create nature inspired crafts, learn about edible and medicinal plants, journal, observe wildlife, swim, play, explore, and learn the value of giving back through service projects. The natural diversity in the Lost Coast area inspires curiosity and keen observation skills in the children, enhancing their perspective of the environment. Our teachers and volunteers love participating in the camp as much as the children do, experiencing together the wonders of the natural world. Scholarships are available.
2019 Camp Schedule:
Week 1: July 15-19, 4-6 year olds, 10 am-3pm
Week 2: July 22-26, 10-13 year olds, 10 am-4pm, w/optional overnight, $75 extra.
Week 3: July 29-August 2, 7-9 year olds,10 am-4pm
Week 4: August 5-9, 4-6 year olds, 10 am-3pm
Week 5: August 12-16, 7-9 year olds, 10 am-4pm
To Sign Up Contact
Michele Palazzo, 707-223-0112/[email protected]
Reta Willmore, 707-986-4037/[email protected]
Native Plant Garden & Lost Coast Education Center
With its historic barns, native plant garden and trail to a nearby salmon bearing creek, the Lost Coast Education Center is a perfect place for students of all ages to engage in the natural world, learn about sustainable gardening practices, water conservation and the benefits of mimicking nature in their own landscapes. Volunteers are the driving force in developing the garden, enthusiastically giving to the project to help secure a future in which our local gardens and the larger planetary garden can thrive. The garden features an outdoor classroom for workshops and school field trips and a nursery where people can purchase plants for their own gardens. Interpretive signs and an indoor classroom inside the barns are planned for the near future. The Lost Coast Education Center is located in Whitethorn at the King Range National Conservation Area office, and is a project in partnership with the King Range National Conservation Area. If you would like to volunteer, please contact us at [email protected].
Wild & Scenic Film Festival
Lost Coast Interpretation Association presents this year’s Wild and Scenic Film Festival on October 13th at the Redwood Playhouse in Garberville. The fun starts at 5 pm with live music, food, drinks, silent auction and door prizes! The award winning film collection starts at 6 pm. There will be an intermission.
Tickets are $20 Adults/ $15 Seniors & Students/$0 Under 12 and are available via [email protected] or at the door. All proceeds go to support our many environmental educational programs such as Summer Adventure Camp, scholarships for our Youth Interpreters, and the Lost Coast Education Center with its Native Plant Garden.
We hope to see you there!
Hikes & Lectures
Attending our Hikes and Lectures is a fun way for the whole family to learn about and explore the local area. Subjects include tide pools, plants, animals, geology, photography, history and more. Led by experts and enthusiasts in natural science, participants go home with a greater understanding of the natural world around them. We partner with the King Range National Conservation area on our Hikes and Lectures.
Our newest program, the Shelter Cove Invasive Plant Program (SCiPP) has succeeded in bringing a small community together for a common cause—to remove invasive plants from their own neighborhoods in order to further preserve the natural biodiversity of the King Range National Conservation Area that is literally in their backyards.
With funding from the Conservation Lands Foundation, the Cereus Fund of the Trees Foundation and Shelter Cove Resort Improvement District, LCIA and our SCiPP partners have come up with a three step plan: Community Awareness, Education and Volunteer Projects; Systematic Pampas Grass Eradication Projects; Maintenance of Project Sites and Continued Community Education.
As part of the Community Awareness, SCiPP holds an annual Earth Day Celebration with teams of volunteers from near and far pulling invasive plants and celebrating with a free lunch, beer & wine, live music, kid’s poster contest, softball game, vendors and more!
Our SCiPP partners are the BLM King Range and California Coastal National Monument, Shelter Cove Resort Improvement District, Southern Humboldt Business and Visitor’s Bureau, King Range Alliance, community volunteers and local non-profit organizations.
For more information or to participate, contact us at [email protected].
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