The end of June marked an important outreach event for our department as we visited the 2016 Potter Valley Inter-Tribal Youth Campout. The sixth-annual event once again took place at Potter Valley‘s gorgeous Noyo-bida Ranch near the ocean. If you’re not familiar, the Potter Valley Inter-Tribal Youth Campout provides a safe atmosphere for native youth and is intended to be inclusive of the larger tribal community. The weeklong event allows tribal youth from all over the surrounding area to participate in a combination of workshops and presentations including topics on the environment, culture, health and wellness, and education. Fun team-building games and activities are mixed in throughout the week and provide a great opportunity for native youth to make connections and build relationships.
Overall, hundreds of youth and Tribal members attend the educational event, and help to make it special. Attendance and participation was bigger this year than ever! Our department visited on Tuesday with a special session on invasive species identification and identifying animals you might find in the riparian zones of Mendocino County through card games and creating tunnel books. This year around we came armed with eight boards, multiple decks of cards and tons of tunnel book supplies so that as many as 75 youth could participate. And they did.
We appreciate Potter Valley asking us to participate and look forward to another excellent outreach and environmental education event next year.