We had a fun weekend with everyone! Stayed at a NPS fire station facility which is not open to the general public. We had a training on vegetation survey techniques by a parks staff and a night skies event where we all went on a hike and played around with telescopes. As part of the vegetation survey training, we went to visit Tassi Ranch, a historic site originally built by a Southern Paiute woman. Lastly, we had a evening with a campfire were we all got to know each other and made new friends!
Testimonial from one of our students:
The Outdoor Leadership Academy has helped open up many opportunities for me in areas that I didn't know it was possible. Thanks to OLA I am writing a degree that is built around what the program does. I have titled my degree "Environmental Media Communication & Diversity Outreach". With this degree I hope to use photography and video editing skills to promote environmental causes and educate others about the outdoors as well as reach out to minorities to encourage diversity in the environmental ed. field. Having the opportunity to engage in outdoor activities that I wouldn't otherwise participate in because of my ignorance in regards to the outdoors, has been a great experience and life changing for me. I hope to one day be involved with an organization such as OLA, to keep educating others in diversifying our learning. -Sandra Aguirre (attended multiple trips)