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LEAVING NO TRACE IN NATURE

ESPAÑOL ABAJO Leave No Trace As outdoor enthusiasts, we want to be able to connect to nature when we head outside, and doing so requires respecting natural habitats while visiting. To reduce negative impacts, we would like to suggest Leave No Trace Principles as well as promote ideas that improve our diverse experiences outdoors. Have you heard of “Leave No Trace” or “LNT”? LNT refers to a set of guidelines to follow that allow humans to engage with nature in a safe way. In no way are we shaming folx who haven’t heard about these principles, we’re all learners here and our goal is to raise awareness. By leaving minimal-to-no-trace of our presence on a trail or in a park, we allow the wilderness in that place to continue their balanced existence so others can enjoy it too. We support LNT principles as a way to protect and preserve natural and cultural resources, not as a system to oppress or exclude others. The 7 Principles by LNT.org Plan ahead and prepare: Know where you’re going, what the weather will be like, what to pack, what to wear, what trails are accessible, how long it will take, elevation levels, necessary amounts of food and water...etc Walk and camp on durable ground: Stay on designated trails and camping areas. Walking off designated paths harms the land and camping outside of designated areas increases dangerous encounters with wildlife. When you must leave the trails, try to leave the least amount of impact as possible. Dispose of waste properly: Whatever you bring with you into nature, take out with you too (“pack out what you pack in”). Leaving items and trash behind causes pollution that harms animals and the natural life cycle in the wilderness. We suggest traveling with a “GO anywhere toilet kit” AKA a Wag Bag when possible. If you don’t have a waste bag but must release bodily fluids and waste, you can dig a hole away from trails, water sources, and campsites, bury your waste and take your tissue with you (you can also place this in a trash bag for travel). Don’t forget your hand sanitizer! Please keep in mind that each wilderness site has its own set of guidelines for what is permitted. Leave what you found: Avoid creating new structures of any kind (with sticks or rocks), avoid breaking off tree pieces, or carving on trees. Leave flowers, leaves, and other natural objects alone. Nature Journal what you see instead! 5. Minimize campfire impacts: Stoves are the least impactful way to cook. If you must have a fire, use existing fire rings, keep it low, and put it out completely with water using these same techniques from Smokey Bear. Important note: only buy firewood where you plan to burn it 6. Respect wildlife: Move slowly and quietly. Always observe animals from a distance. Do not scare animals or force them to flee. 7. Be considerate of other people: Greet others and be courteous of space and noise levels. If you take a dog, keep it on a leash (away from others) and clean up after it. Be anti-racist. Acknowledge Indigenous connections and history to the land you are on. If you can translate for others, use your power of language to make parks accessible to everyone! Questions for Parks’ Officials How are Leave No Trace principles communicated to park visitors?? How many trash cans exist on trails and inside parks? How often are trash cans taken out or replaced? Important Considerations: LNT and the policing that takes place around it: The Miseducation of Leave No Trace - Policing of Black and Brown Bodies in the Outdoors by Danielle Williams. Suggesting a new LNT framework that is a more collaborative, participatory, productive, democratic, and radical form of political action: Beyond Leave No Trace by Gregory Simon and Peter Alagona. Ética Al Aire Libre Para Sitios Naturales Como personas que disfrutan del aire libre, es importante que respetemos los hábitats naturales durante nuestra visita. Para reducir los impactos negativos en el medio ambiente, sugerimos los Siete Principios y promover ideas que ayuden a apoyar nuestras diversos experiencias al aire libre. ¿Han oído hablar de los "Siete Principios"?, que se refiere a los principios que permiten a todos comprometerse con la naturaleza de una manera segura y respetuosa. No estamos avergonzando a las personas que no han oído hablar de estos principios, todos estamos aprendiendo juntos y nuestro objetivo es crear conciencia. Dejando un rastro mínimo de nuestra presencia durante una caminata o en un parque, permitimos que la naturaleza continúe su existencia equilibrada para que otros puedan disfrutarla también. Siete Principios por LNT.org
Ética Al Aire Libre Para Sitios Naturales “Prepárese antes de salir de casa”: Sepa a dónde va, cómo será el clima, qué empacar, qué usar, qué caminatas son accesibles, cuánto tiempo tomará, niveles de elevación, cantidades necesarias de comida y agua. “Camine por los senderos marcados y acampe por la noche de manera adecuada/Viaje y acampe sobre superficies durables”: Caminar fuera de los senderos designados o marcados daña la tierra y acampar fuera de las áreas designadas aumenta los encuentros peligrosos con la vida silvestre. “Deseche los residuos de forma adecuada/Tire su basura en un la basura o llévela de vuelta y recoja los excrementos”: Lo que traigas contigo a la naturaleza, llévalo contigo cuando te vayas. “Déjelo tal como lo encontró/Deje lo que encuentre”: Evite crear nuevas estructuras de cualquier tipo (con palos o rocas), evite romper piezas de árboles o tallar en árboles. Deje las flores, las hojas y otros objetos naturales solos. ¡Diario de lo que ves en su lugar! 5. “Minimice los impactos de las fogatas/Tenga mucho cuidado con el fuego y observe siempre las medidas preventivas contra incendios”: Las estufas son la forma menos impactante de cocinar. Si debe tener un incendio, utilice fogatas existentes construidas en el parque, manténgalo bajo y póngalo completamente con agua. 6. “Permita que los animales salvajes se mantengan salvajes/Respete la vida silvestre”: Nota importante: solo compre leña en el lugar donde la quemará. La mayoría de los lugares locales del campamiento venden leña que puede quemar. 7. “Sea considerado con otros visitantes/Comparta los senderos y cuide a su mascota”: Saluda a los demás y sé cortés con el espacio y los niveles de ruido. Si tomas un perro, mantenlo con correa (lejos de los demás) y límpielo después de él. Sé antirracista. Preguntas para los trabajadores en los parques: ¿Cómo se comunican los siete principios a los visitantes del parque? ¿Cuántos botes de basura existen sobre las caminatas y dentro de los parques y con qué frecuencia se reemplazan? Consideraciones Importantes: La vigilancia de la policía alrededor de los siete principios (en inglés): The Miseducation of Leave No Trace - Policing of Black and Brown Bodies in the Outdoors por Danielle Williams. Sugerir un nuevo marco en torno a los siete principios que sea una forma de acción política más colaborativa, participativa, productiva, democrática y radical (en inglés): Beyond Leave No Trace por Gregory Simon y Peter Alagona Until Next Time,

Accessing Nature in Los Angeles

ESPANOL ABAJO Accessing Nature in Los Angeles Academic research supports what we have long known: that nature and green spaces benefit human health and wellbeing. We recognize that the ways in which we experience and enjoy nature are as diverse as our communities in Los Angeles. We envision a world in which all people have equitable access to nature, and will continue to advocate for representation and environmental justice. In the meantime, we encourage you to access all of the green spaces that Los Angeles has to offer, via bus, train, bike, car or by foot. Read more below about the benefits of accessing nature, how legislation is changing in favor of protecting our green spaces, and ways to get out in Los Angeles! Health benefits of nature: READ: Ecopsychology: How Immersion in Nature Benefits Your Health READ: Nature deficit disorder WATCH: Why doctors are increasingly prescribing nature Travel USE Moovit or LA Metro Transit to get outside and find nature spaces near you that are also accessible using public transportation. HIKE the LA Trails: Our friends at LA Nature for All have created a guide for how to get to 12 of LA’s most accessible and beautiful parks, using public transportation. RIDE to Santa Monica Beach via the LA Metro Expo Line STROLL through a MRCA park PLOT your route to Griffith Park: Old Zoo & Shane’s Inspiration (approx 30 mins): Have a picnic on the grass, or walk one of the many trails in this area. From Spring/Cesar E Chavez, catch the 96 bus towards Burbank Station for 25 stops, disembarking at “Griffith Park/Park Ranger Office”. Walk west up the hill toward the Merry Go Round, and follow the path uphill to the Old Zoo. Griffith Park Vermont Entrance (approx 35 mins): There are numerous options here, such as trails to Mt Hollywood, the Griffith Observatory or Amir’s Garden. From Union Station, catch the Red Metro B Line towards North Hollywood, and disembark at Vermont/Sunset Station. Just outside the station, catch the Los Feliz/Observatory DASH bus (the DASH is only 50 cents per ride). You can ride the DASH all the way to the Observatory, or get off outside the Greek Theatre and walk from there. Plan FOLLOW along on the trail with Alltrails TAKE a trip to the LA River FIND local LA parks Prepare READ Wild LA: Explore the Amazing Nature in and Around Los Angeles: This amazing resource has easy to understand information like “101 LA Species to Know”, and suggests 24 “field trips” to natural areas, gardens and parks. Many of the parks are easily-accessible and kid-friendly, and the guide suggests what to be on the lookout for in each space. DOWNLOAD Seek by iNaturalist: Unsure of what you’re seeing in nature? Upload a photo of a particular plant, animal, funghi, spider, insect or mollusk, and find out what you’re dealing with! You’re also helping scientists understand more about our ecosystem by adding data to their database. Good job! TELL a friend: If you’re going alone, or to a new area, let a friend or loved one know where you’re going, and when you’re expected to “check in” with them. You could also share your location via an app. WATCH our videos on IGTV to learn more about how to prepare for a hike. Inform & Protect Recent legislation protecting green spaces READ about the Great American Outdoors Act READ about Protecting California’s Public Lands WATCH the Advancing Park Equity in LA Panel LEARN about Leave No Trace Principles to keep our parks safe and clean TEACH your family about Leave No Trace Principles with these fun activities and prompts, for use at home or in the outdoors. There is Bigfoot’s Playbook available for purchase, but it’s not necessary to complete the activities. For nearly 30 years, through policy development, advocacy, and innovative programming, CNC has addressed barriers to accessing the outdoors for communities of color who have been impacted by systems of oppression. Amid COVID19 restrictions, we continue to commit our work to connecting communities to nature. Follow along on our social media or sign-up for our newsletter at communitynatureconnection.org Acceso a La Naturaleza en Los Ángeles La investigación académica apoya lo que hemos conocido desde hace mucho tiempo; que la naturaleza y los espacios verdes benefician la salud y el bienestar humanos. Reconocemos que las maneras en que experimentamos y disfrutamos de la naturaleza son tan diversas como nuestras comunidades en Los Ángeles. Nosotras trabajamos hacia un mundo en el que todas las personas tengan un acceso equitativo a la naturaleza. Mientras tanto, le animamos a acceder a todos los espacios verdes que Los Ángeles tiene para ofrecer, a través de autobús, tren, bicicleta, coche o a pie. Lea más abajo sobre los beneficios de acceder a la naturaleza, cómo la legislación está cambiando a favor de la protección de nuestros espacios verdes, y formas de salir en Los Ángeles! Beneficios para la salud de la naturaleza (en inglés pero puedes usar este enlace para traducir información escrita): Leer: Ecopsychology: How Immersion in Nature Benefits Your Health Leer: Nature deficit disorder Ver: Why doctors are increasingly prescribing nature Viajar Utilice Moovit o LA Metro Transit para salir y encontrar espacios naturales cerca de usted que también son accesibles utilizando el transporte público. Nuestros amigos en "LA Nature for All" han creado una guía para cómo llegar a 12 de los parques más accesibles y hermosos de Los Ángeles, utilizando el transporte público. (en inglés): HIKE the LA Trials Viaje a Santa Mónica (en inglés) desde la línea LA Metro Expo. Viaje a Griffith Park (en inglés) El antiguo zoológico y la inspiración de Shane (aproximadamente 30 minutos): haga un picnic en el césped o camine por uno de los muchos senderos de esta área. Desde Spring / Cesar E Chavez, tome el autobús 96 hacia la estación de Burbank durante 25 paradas y desembarque en la "Oficina Griffith Park / Park Ranger". Camina hacia el oeste por la colina hacia Merry Go Round y sigue el camino cuesta arriba hacia el viejo zoológico. Entrada a Griffith Park Vermont (aproximadamente 35 minutos): hay numerosas opciones aquí, como senderos hacia Mt Hollywood, el Observatorio Griffith o el Jardín de Amir. Desde Union Station, tome la línea roja del Metro B hacia North Hollywood y desembarque en Vermont / Sunset Station. Justo afuera de la estación, tome el autobús DASH de Los Feliz / Observatory (el DASH cuesta solo 50 centavos por viaje). Puede montar el DASH hasta el Observatorio, o bajarse del Teatro Griego y caminar desde allí. El Plan SIGUE por el camino con Alltrails (Dondequiera que esté, encuentre rápidamente la caminata, bicicleta, paseo, o pista perfecta corrida por longitud, clasificación, y nivel difícil.) TOMA un viaje al río de Los Ángeles (en inglés) ENCUENTRA parques locales de Los Ángeles (en inglés) Preparar Leer: (en inglés) WILD LA: Explora la increíble naturaleza en Los Ángeles y sus alrededores: Este increíble libro tiene información fácil de entender sobre áreas naturales, como jardines y parques. Muchos de los parques son de fácil acceso y para los niños también, y el libro también menciona la vida silvestre que puedes encontrar en estos espacios verdes. Descargar Seek por iNaturalist: ¿No estás seguro de lo que estás viendo en la naturaleza? ¡Sube una foto de una planta en particular, un animal, un funghi, una araña, un insecto o un molusco y averigua con qué te enfrentas! También está ayudando a los científicos a comprender mejor nuestro ecosistema añadiendo datos a su base de datos. ¡Buen trabajo! DILE a un amigo: Si vas solo, o a una nueva área, deja que un amigo o ser querido sepa a dónde vas y cuándo se espera que te "registres" con ellos. También puede compartir su ubicación a través de una aplicación. Vea nuestros videos sobre IGTV para obtener más información sobre cómo prepararse para una caminata. Informar y Proteger Legislación reciente que protege los espacios verdes (en inglés) LEA sobre “the Great American Outdoors Act (en inglés) LEA sobre “Protecting California’s Public Lands” CONOZCA los 6 principios para mantener nuestros parques seguros y limpios Durante casi 30 años, a través del desarrollo de políticas, la promoción y la programación innovadora, CNC ha abordado las barreras para acceder al aire libre para las comunidades de color que han sido afectadas por los sistemas de opresión. En medio de las restricciones de COVID19, continuamos comprometiendo nuestro trabajo para conectar las comunidades con la naturaleza. Siga nuestras redes sociales o suscríbase a nuestro boletín en communitynatureconnection.org

Race & Environmental Justice

We recognize that our mission towards outdoor equity is far from being realized when Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) are not concerned about merely accessing a public park or recreating in the outdoors, but rather if the environment is safe at all. When a member of the Black community cannot peacefully birdwatch in a public park, jog around their neighborhood, or feel comfortable in a national park we are reminded that we have a lot of work to do with partner agencies staffing parks to ensure the safety and humanity of BIPOC is protected when outdoors. We are reminded of the importance in partnering with the communities we serve in the fight for outdoor equity. Reconocemos que nuestra misión hacia la justicia social para el aire libre está lejos de realizarse cuando las Personas Negras, Indígenas y Personas de Color no están preocupados por el simple acceso a un parque público o la recreación al aire libre sino más bien si el medio ambiente es seguro. Cuando un miembro de la comunidad negra no puede observar pacíficamente aves en un parque público, correr alrededor de su vecindario, o sentirse cómodo en un parque nacional, se nos recuerda que tenemos mucho trabajo que hacer en asociación con las comunidades a las que servimos para garantizar que su seguridad y la humanidad esté protegida cuando está al aire libre. It is important to stay informed about how BIPOC communities are disproportionately impacted by environmental degradation and be able to connect the dots between race and the environment. It has become increasingly essential for outdoor and environmental organizations to understand the intersection of race and the environment and to highlight BIPOC issues and their representation outdoors. As a response to the long standing racial tensions in the United States, it is our responsibility to be more intentional; to celebrate, uplift, and amplify BIPOC experiences, history, knowledge, and presence in our natural environment. Es importante estar informado sobre cómo las comunidades Negra, Indígena y Personas de Color son desproporcionadamente impactadas por la degradación ambiental y ser capaces de conectar los puntos entre la raza y el medio ambiente. Se ha vuelto cada vez más esencial para las organizaciones al aire libre y ambientales entender la intersección de la raza y el medio ambiente y destacar los problemas las Personas Negras, Indígenas y Personas de Color y su representación al aire libre. Como respuesta a las tensiones raciales de larga data en los Estados Unidos, es nuestra responsabilidad ser más intencionales; celebrar, elevar y ampliar las experiencias, la historia, el conocimiento y la presencia comunidades Negra, Indígena y Personas de Color en nuestro ambiente natural. (Graphic from https://www.intersectionalenvironmentalist.com/) ““We should recognize that systemic racism exists on both the streets of our cities and inside our national parks. We have to see full representation at every level in the environmental sector, and we need power structures to shift so that black and brown people are shaping policies and our national conversations. We need predominantly white environmental organizations and academic institutions to be more concerned with how the climate crisis disproportionately impacts black and brown people and give more resources to these communities.”” -Carolyn Finney (Read further: The Perils of Being Black in Public: We are All Christian Cooper and George Floyd) ““Debemos reconocer que el racismo sistémico existe tanto en las calles de nuestras ciudades como dentro de nuestros parques nacionales. Tenemos que ver una representación completa en todos los niveles en el sector ambiental, y necesitamos que las estructuras de poder cambien para que las personas negras y morenos estén dando forma a las políticas y nuestras conversaciones nacionales.”” (Graphic from https://www.intersectionalenvironmentalist.com/) Leah Thomas (@greengirlleah), Diandra Esparza (@diandramarizet) and Sabs Katz (@sustainablesabs) have created a platform for Intersectional Environmentalism. This page highlights history and provides useful information and tools to understand how different communities have been impacted by environmental racism: Black Community Latinx Community US Indigenous Community General Resources & Petitions Leah Thomas (@greengirlleah), Diandra Esparza (@diandramarizet) and Sabs Katz (@sustainablesabs) han creado una plataforma para Intersectional Environmentalism. Esta página destaca la historia y proporciona información para entender cómo diferentes comunidades se han visto afectadas por el racismo ambiental: Comunidad Negra Comunidad Latinx Comunidad Indígena de los Estados Unidos Recursos Generales & Peticiones Listen Green Dreamer Podcast EP 198 with Angelou Ezeilo (@angelouezeilo), Founder and CEO of Greening Youth Foundation (@greeningyouth), an organization that connects underrepresented youth and young adults to the outdoors and careers in conservation. Short Wave Podcast EP #BlackBirdersWeek Seeks To Make The Great Outdoors Open To All with co-founder Chelsea Connor who talks about how Black birders are changing the narrative around who gets to enjoy nature and the challenges Black birders face. She Explores Podcast EP 153 Embracing Intersectional Environmentalism with Leah Thomas and Kristy Drutman (@browngirl_green) The Yikes Podcast by Mikaela Loach (@mikaelaloach) and Jo Becker (@treesnpeace), tackles climate change, racism, human rights and how they intersect. Read Hands on the land, heart in community: Returning cultural fires by Deniss Martinez Racism is Killing the Planet by Hop Hopkins (@hop1972) The Difference Between 'Food Swamp' and 'Food Desert' and Other Things You Should Know About Food Access by Kara Young (@karaayoung) Making it Easier to Breathe by Asiha Ajani The Forgotten History Of 'Violent Displacement' That Helped Create The National Parks by Julian Brave NoiseCat (@jnoisecat) Read Up on the Links Between Racism and the Environment By Somini Sengupta Green2.0 Watch Tending the Wild by KCET: Traditional knowledge for custodianship of the land. Cancer Alley: Learn about how pollution disproportionately impacts Black communities, due to placement of plants and factories in and near Black neighborhoods. Why This Town Is Dying From Cancer | AJ+ Van Jones TedTalk about Environmental Justice After racist park encounter, Chris Cooper takes us birding in Central Park #BlackWomenWhoBird - Virtual Bird Watching at the Monterey Bay Aquarium DiversifyOutdoors “We can start by accepting that there is an insidious catalogue of systemic barriers that categorically excludes black people and most urban people of color and hinders access to outdoor recreation. This system/cycle creates an “inbred” outdoor pedigree - a family history, identity and network of friends and access points to the outdoors - that funnels white folks into outdoor recreation and ultimately into 85 percent of the environmental/ conservation jobs - coveted jobs that are desperately needed and virtually unknown in many urban communities of color. This cycle must be broken and not by the impotent and feckless approach of inviting “others'' to the table. The entire table needs to be demolished and rebuilt via a collaborative effort by those who have historically been absent and those who have traditionally sat at the table. What else can we do to break the cycle?” -Charles Thomas (Read further “Our Past is check out our Our Present and Our “Statements” Will Make it Our Future”) For more information about organizations actively working to diversify the outdoors as well as more books to read, check out our Outdoor Equity blog below: Para obtener más información sobre las organizaciones que trabajan activamente para diversificar el aire libre, así como más libros para leer, echa un vistazo a nuestro blog de inclusividad al aire libre abajo: https://www.communitynatureconnection.org/post/outdoor-equity Onward,

ANIMAL ADAPTATIONS

ESPAÑOL ABAJO Video: 7,000 Kinds of Amphibians (Pre-K - 2nd Grade) This doesn’t explicitly cover adaptations, but can open the door to a conversation about how different species have evolved or adapted to their environment. You'll definitely feel the amphibian love after watching (and singing along with) this cute music video. Invent an Insect (3rd - 5th Grade) Have students study some insects of their own choosing, encouraging them to make inferences about what function some of their adaptations might serve. Then use the provided worksheet to have students invent their own insect. What adaptations does it have to survive? Animal & Plant Adaptations | Science Lesson For Kids (3rd - 5th Grade) Generation Genius has made their interactive NGSS-aligned lessons free until 08/31 (you’ll still need to create an account). These lessons include teacher materials, quizzes, videos, glossaries and discussion or writing prompts. Some of the lessons also include DIY activities for students to complete at home. Skype a Ranger from Joshua Tree NP (3rd Grade - HS) Invite a Ranger into your virtual classroom to teach students about animal and plant adaptations in Joshua Tree National Park. Sessions need to be reserved in advance. PORTS (All ages) California State Parks have numerous sessions that address animal and plant adaptations. The live Zoom sessions can be joined (they release their topics about a week ahead) or you can see the previous sessions. Here are some examples of past sessions about adaptations on their youtube channel: -Tidepool Animal Adaptations at Crystal Cove State Beach (K-2) -Desert Animal Adaptations in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park (K-2) -All Ages Mac Kerricher State Park- MPA Monday Designer Ears: Biology & Perception Science Activity (K - 5th Grade) This activity has students consider how ears help us perceive information, and how the shape of ears can lead to a different sensory experience. Younger students will need help with the instructions of the task, but 3rd - 5th graders should be able to do the activity independently. Eat Like a Bird (K - 5th Grade) A practical experiment activity that has students question how and why birds have beaks in different shapes. Younger students will need help understanding the instructions, and older students may need extra questions such as, Using examples, what is an adaptation? Research a native bird. Explain why their beak is shaped the way it is. How do you think birds developed differently shaped beaks? Why do frogs say "ribbit"? (1st - 2nd Grade) Students question and create in this interactive lesson about the sounds that animals make. It includes videos, questions, interactive activities and crafts, as well as a transcript of the videos. Imagine Adaptation: Physical Characteristics of Birds (2nd - Middle School) Students who are independently reading can self-guide this lesson that encourages them to consider physical characteristics of native birds, and how they have evolved. The activity and learning can be done with multiple students if you have siblings that would like to work together, too. Aquarium Live: The Aquarium's Online Academy (Pre-K - High School) The Aquarium of the Pacific has daily live lessons aimed at different age brackets: Pre-K, K-2nd, 3rd-5th, 6th-8th, & 9th-12th. Students can tune in to learn about the animals, habitats, and their adaptations. The lessons are recorded and can be accessed after the session. Comer Como un Pájaro (Kinder - 5⁰ grado) Una práctica actividad de experimento que hace que los estudiantes se pregunten cómo y por qué las aves tienen picos en diferentes formas. Los estudiantes más jóvenes necesitarán ayuda para entender las instrucciones, y los estudiantes mayores pueden necesitar preguntas Utilizando ejemplos, ¿qué es una adaptación? Investigar un pájaro nativo. Explique por qué su pico tiene la forma en que está. ¿Cómo crees que las aves desarrollaron picos de forma diferente? Adaptaciones al Ambiente (3⁰ grado - Secundaria) Muestre a sus estudiantes este video para que empiecen a conocer la diferencia en las adaptaciones de los animales en el agua y en la tierra. Curiosas Adaptaciones de Animales (5⁰ grado - Secundaria) Muestre a sus estudiantes este video para continuar ampliando su conocimiento sobre adaptaciones de animales únicas con explicaciones más detalladas sobre por qué los animales tienen partes específicas del cuerpo. Hotel Para Bichos (3⁰ grado - Secundaria) Desde casa, puedes crear un "Hotel Para Bichos", elaborado por el Natural History Museum, hecho de materiales de reciclaje que invitarán a diferentes bichos. Preguntas que puedes hacer sobre las adaptaciones de los insectos que ves: ¿De qué color es el insecto que ves? ¿El insecto tiene camuflaje con el color de las plantas o la suciedad? ¿Qué crees que comen? ¿Cuántas patas tiene? ¿tiene alas? Recoge Y Observa Bichos en Casa (5⁰ grado - Secundaria) Desde casa, puedes aprende a crear un colector de insectos a hecho de materiales que puedes encontrar en casa, elaborado por el Natural History Museum. Preguntas que puedes hacer sobre las adaptaciones de los insectos que ves: ¿De qué color es el insecto que ves? ¿El insecto tiene camuflaje con el color de las plantas o la suciedad? ¿Qué crees que comen? ¿Cuántas patas tiene? ¿tiene alas? #SAFERATHOME XOXO,

OUTDOOR EQUITY

Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) in an outdoor setting Making the outdoors more accessible for everyone takes deliberate and intentional action. Many barriers exist that disproportionately impact historically marginalized communities from the benefits of experiencing nature. These barriers include physical barriers such as distance to a park or beach along with lack of transportation; ADA accessibility and; a lack of proper equipment to safely bike, climb, or camp. Barriers to accessing the outdoors also include more obscure ones like a lack of representation in park staff or visitorship and consequently a general feeling of not belonging, as well as a lack of familiarity with trails or access points. These barriers not only prevent low-income and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) communities and people with disabilities from experiencing the outdoors, they also prevent access to interpretive programs and workforce in the outdoors, continuing the cycle of a lack of representation. Take a look at the work that’s being done in and around our communities to increase access to the benefits of nature for ALL and learn how you can get involved! The Avarna Group envisions a more resilient and connected world where all humans sustain healthy relationships with ourselves, one another, and our planet. We manifest this vision by creating pathways, providing resources, and innovating strategies that support the outdoor and environmental sector in their evolution toward justice, equity, diversity, inclusion (collectively, JEDI). Specifically, we provide this sector and its leaders with learning experiences, assessments, implementation planning, mentorship and coaching, intentional convenings, and resources. Learn more about our approach and values here. Jose Gonzalez presents Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion: Keywords & More BEETLES Project - Examining Equitable and Inclusive Work Environments in Environmental Education: Perspectives from the Field and Implications for Organizations - “By presenting these findings, we hope to increase the degree to which organization leaders and white-identifying staff can begin to gain a deeper understanding of the lived experiences of educators of color and can reconcile the ways in which they have been thinking about and operationalizing equity and inclusion in their organizations.” BEETLES Project - Intentional Hiring and Recruitment through the Lens of Equity and Inclusion: Insights and Lessons Learned from Crissy Field Center, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy  - “This finding resonates with researchers who continue to challenge organizations to be reflective in their hiring practices and to always consider how their practices may be deterring potential applicants, marginalizing current staff of color, and reinforcing the status quo (Roberts & Chitewere, 2011; Beasley, 2016; Taylor, 2018).” This Is What Adventure Looks Like - Outside magazine interviews activists and athletes about their experiences as people of color leading a movement to make the outdoors more accessible to all people. Fun fact: Community Nature Connection is included in this article! Connecting Latino Communities with Nature in the Age of COVID-19 This webinar was presented by Corazón Latino, in partnership with the North American Association for Environmental Education. It’s a useful resource for learning about how programming needs to be adapted to be inclusive and welcoming. REI Presents: The Venture Out Project - This video highlights the work of Venture Out Project who aim to bring together LGBTQIA+ folks in the wilderness. They also offer Ally Resources and Ally Programs to educate and inform organizations. Creating and Supporting Culturally Relevant Organizational Change - Check out this webinar presented by Rena Payan of Youth Outside. Learn about the series and take away tips and tools to move your organization toward a commitment to equity, inclusion, and cultural relevancy. StoryBus Podcast: Episode 1 - Being Black Outdoors. The StoryBus podcast shares stories of inclusion and workplace equity that are shared to inspire inclusivity in the outdoors and in the workplaces of the active-outdoor industries. Outside Voices Podcast is a podcast featuring personal stories from Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC), people with disabilities, LGBTQIA+ folks and others who redefine “outdoorsy”. We’re co-creating stories with outdoor enthusiasts, educators, storytellers, activists, social media influencers, artists and more. Outside Voices Podcast is driven by one simple idea: that the outdoors belongs to all of us. We all have a relationship to nature, whether through hiking, gardening, surfing, sacred ceremony or picnicking at the local park. We aim to celebrate and amplify those who don’t always see themselves reflected in the “Great Outdoors” narrative She Explores Podcast: Episode 16 - Towards A More Inclusive Outdoors & What We Can Do. In the second part of a series on diversity, equity, and inclusion in the outdoors, hosts talk with experts to provide practical steps for how organizations AND individuals can cultivate a more inclusive outdoor space. There are other episodes produced by this podcast that revolve around JEDI. Outdoor Afro has become the nation’s leading, cutting edge network that celebrates and inspires Black connections and leadership in nature. Read their most recent, “The Good Fight for our Humanity, Mother Earth and our Uni-verse” blog here. Latino Outdoors works to inspire, connect, and engage Latino communities in the outdoors and embrace cultura y familia as part of the outdoor narrative, ensuring our history, heritage, and leadership are valued and represented. They recently shared a collaborative guide highlighting the inequity of “whiteness in the outdoors”- you can find it on their instagram page here. Brown Girls Climb is a small Women of Color owned and operated company with the mission to promote and increase visibility of diversity in climbing by establishing a community of climbers of color, encouraging leadership opportunities for self-identified women climbers of color, and by creating inclusive opportunities to climb and explore for underrepresented communities. PGM ONE envisions a world that centers, values, uplifts, and empowers those who are most impacted by environmental harm and climate change—and in particular black, indigenous, and people of color/of the global majority—to lead the way toward environmental justice and collective liberation. Get Out Stay Out/Vamos Afuera is a grassroots, Central Coast nonprofit, that invites Indigenous Migrant youth to run, play, and discover themselves in the natural environment. LGBTQ Outdoor Summit takes place in the Fall. Their mission is to cultivate connections, build community and inspire leaders from across the outdoor industry and beyond to create more accessible and affirming ways for the LGBTQ community to get OUTside. Engage, Connect , Protect: Empowering Diverse Youth as Environmental Leaders - Angelou Ezeilo The Adventure Gap: Changing the Face of the Outdoors - James Edward Mills Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants - Kimmerer, Robin Wall The Rise of the American Conservation Movement: Power, Privilege, and Environmental Protection - Dorceta Taylor Colors of Nature - Alison Hawthorne Deming and Lauret E. Savoy Black and Brown Faces of America’s Wild Places - Dudley Edmondson Latinx Environmentalisms: Place, Justice, and the Decolonial - Edited by Sarah D. Wald, David J. Vázquez, Priscilla Solis Ybarra, and Sarah Jaquette Ray Black Faces, White Spaces: Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors - Carolyn Finney Mexican Americans & the Environment - Devon G Pena Awakening Together: The Spiritual Practice of Inclusivity and Community - Larry Yang Environmentalism & Economic Justice - Laura Pulido Chicano Culture, Ecology, Politics: Subversive Kin - Edited by Devon G. Peña Joyful Militancy: Building Thriving Resistance in Toxic Times - Carla Bergman and Nick Montgomery La otra historia de los estados unidos / A People's History of the United States: Desde 1492 Hasta Hoy / 1492 to Present (Spanish Edition) - Howard Zinn A People's History of the United States: Abridged Teaching Edition (New Press People's History) - Howard Zinn So You Want to Talk About Race - Ijeoma  Oluo Latino Urbanism: The Politics of Planning, Policy and Redevelopment - Diaz, David R. Legacy on the Land - Audrey Peterman Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry - Camille T. Dungy Black on Earth: African American Ecoliterary Traditions - Kimberly Ruffin White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism - Robin DiAngelo Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?: And Other Conversations About Race - Beverly Daniel Tatum African American Environmental Thought: Foundations (American Political Thought) - Kimberly K. Smith The Colors of Nature: Culture, Identity, and the Natural World - Alison Hawthorne Deming Rooted in the Earth: Reclaiming the African American Environmental Heritage - Dianne D. Glave #SAFERATHOME XOXO,

ANIMALS AS PARENTS

ESPAÑOL ABAJO HOW DO ANIMALS HELP THEIR OFFSPRING SURVIVE? How Animals Care for Their Young (Pre-K - 2nd Grade) PBS has designed plenty of interactive resources for virtual learning, with videos, support materials and curriculum links. You will need to create a free account, but you’ll be able to access lots of materials. Another great one to learn about animals and their offspring is: Animal Families | Everyday Learning. Animals Help Their Babies Survive (K - 2nd Grade) Generation Genius has made their interactive NGSS-aligned lessons free until 08/31 (but you’ll still need to create an account). These lessons include teacher materials, quizzes, videos, glossaries and discussion or writing prompts. Some of the lessons also include DIY activities for students to complete at home. LA Zoo - Virtual Field Trips (K - 5th Grade) The LA Zoo has put together a great virtual field trip to learn about their animals, as well as how to build scientific skills like making observations, and asking questions. It includes some very cute zoo babies, too! Also available in Spanish.También disponible en español Meet LA Zoo’s Babies (Pre-K - 2nd Grade) A short video to introduce how different zoo animals parent their offspring, with help from the babies that have been born at the Los Angeles Zoo recently. There is a beautiful book of Coloring Pages to keep little ones busy and creative, too Why do baby animals look so cute? (Pre-K - 1st Grade) Educational videos that investigate questions from students. They encourage students to make observations and ask questions (no matter how seemingly frivolous). Storyline Online (Pre-K - 1st Grade) This sweet story about a raccoon Mom and baby helps little ones deal with anxiety, while also helping them consider how parents or guardians help keep their offspring safe and loved. Observation & Play Activity (Pre-K - 2nd Grade) You can adapt this play-inspired activity from Tinkergarten based on your home space. Firstly, have your little ones observe a bird and their offspring using the following webcams: Barred Owls, Decorah Eagles or California Condors. Then, encourage them to build their own nest and play with stuffed toys or animals that they have created. Encourage them to think about how they would keep their babies fed, warm, and safe from predators. Students can either create using natural materials or household bits and pieces (pillows, recyclables, boxes, old blankets or sheets. For a similar hands-on learning activity, use the Eggs & Nests DIY from Mohonk Preserve’s Nature Nuggets Series, who have created a lot of great nature-based activities that include numeracy and literacy links. Observation Activity (3rd Grade - Middle School) Have students observe a bird and their offspring using the following webcams: Barred Owls, Decorah Eagles or California Condors. If possible, have students check in with their chosen bird over the course of a week in 10 minute increments to make multiple observations. You can use the “I notice, I wonder, it reminds me of” format for encouraging observations, or leave it up to students. Encourage students to consider the wider question: “What does the parent do to help its offspring survive?” Design your own bird egg (3rd Grade - Middle School) Examine beautiful and diverse bird eggs here. Investigate why bird’s eggs are different colors, patterns and shapes. Have students pick a habitat, and design their own bird egg while considering and answering the following questions: Which predators do you need to protect your egg from? How does the design help protect the egg? How will the parent have to look after the egg? What are the disadvantages of your design? Are there any other ways that you could protect the egg (Nest design, location etc)? Compare Animals’ Offspring-Rearing Techniques (3rd Grade - Middle School) Using Nat Geographic Kids’ Animal Bios (3rd-5th) or iNaturalist (MS), have students compare 3 different animals, and their techniques for raising their offspring. You could have students present the info as a chart, graph, poster or infographic. An example in Los Angeles could be the Mountain Lion, Southern Pacific Rattlesnake and the Mule Deer. Some questions to consider could be: How long do the offspring stay with their parents? How does the parent help the offspring survive? How does this help their chances of survival? San Diego Zoo Global Academy (Middle & High School) San Diego Zoo has released access to their Animal Species and Conservation online learning modules. They are only open to students aged 13 and up, as well as teachers. Actividad de Observación y Juego (Pre-escolar - 2⁰ grado) Puedes adaptar esta actividad inspirada en el juego de "Tinkergarten" en función de tu espacio en casa. En primer lugar, haga que sus pequeños observen un pájaro y su descendencia usando las siguientes cámaras web: Búho Barrado Aguila Cabeza Blanca Cóndor Californiano Luego, anímalos a construir su propio nido y jugar con juguetes de peluche o animales que hayan creado. Anímalos a pensar en cómo mantendrían a sus bebés alimentados, calientes y a salvo de los depredadores. Los estudiantes pueden crear utilizando materiales naturales o trozos y piezas domésticas (almohadas, reciclables, cajas, mantas viejas o sábanas. Para una actividad de aprendizaje práctica similar, utilice el "Huevos y Nido Bricolaje" de "Mohonk Conserva Naturaleza Nuggets Serie", que han creado una gran cantidad de grandes actividades basadas en la naturaleza que incluyen enlaces de aritmética y literatura. El Zoológico de Los Angeles - Viajes de Estudios Virtuales (Kinder - 5⁰ grado) El Zoológico de Los Angeles ha reunido una gran excursión virtual para aprender sobre sus animales. Puede ayudar a desarrollar habilidades científicas como hacer observaciones y hacer preguntas. Está en español e inglés. Actividad de Observación (3⁰ grado - Secundaria) Haga que los estudiantes observen un pájaro y sus crías usando las siguientes cámaras web: Búho Barrado Aguila Cabeza Blanca Cóndor Californiano Si es posible, haga que los estudiantes se registre con el pájaro elegido durante el transcurso de una semana en incrementos de 10 minutos para hacer múltiples observaciones. Puede utilizar el formato "Me doy cuenta, me pregunto, me recuerda" para animar las observaciones, o dejarlo en manos de los estudiantes. Anime a los estudiantes a considerar la pregunta más amplia: “¿Qué hace el padre para ayudar a sus hijos a sobrevivir?” Diseña tu Propio Huevo de Pájaro (3⁰ grado - Secundaria) Examine hermosos y diversos huevos de aves aquí. Investigar por qué los huevos de pájaros   son diferentes colores, patrones y formas. Haga que los estudiantes escogen un hábitat y diseñen su propio huevo de pájaro mientras consideran y responden las siguientes preguntas: ¿De qué depredadores necesitas proteger tu huevo? ¿Cómo ayuda el diseño a proteger el huevo? ¿Cómo tendrá el padre que cuidar el huevo? ¿Cuáles son las desventajas de su diseño? ¿Hay otras formas de proteger el huevo? Video Sobre Huevos Unicos: (3⁰ grado - Secundaria) Anime a los estudiantes a considerar las preguntas después de ver el video sobre huevos únicos: ¿qué huevo encontró uniqo y por qué, de qué color es? ¿De qué tipo de especie viene el huevo? ¿en qué se diferencian estos huevos de los que se ven regularmente? Videos educativos y enteranos (Pre-escolar - 5⁰ grado) “Momentos cariñosos entre animales y sus crías” “Nombre de las Crías de Los Animales” “Mamá Puma y 4 cachorros” Artículos que pueden ayudar a los maestros y maestras a enseñar sobre los animales y sus estudiantes (1⁰ grado - 5⁰ grado) “Estos bebés animales crecen sin ayuda de sus progenitores” Madres delfines forman "guarderías" para proteger a sus crías Dibujos para colorear (Pre-escolar - 2⁰ grado) Hermoso libro de páginas de animales y sus crías para colorear para mantener a sus pequeños ocupados y creativos. #SAFERATHOME XOXO,

SEASON'S EATINGS!

One way to care for ourselves during this time and stay connected to the natural world is to eat seasonally. Eating seasonally essentially means buying and cooking foods that have been grown and harvested within the same season. And if you are picturing the endless pumpkin spice products you find at Trader Joe's every autumn, you are not wrong. But eating seasonally is more than buying themed products, it is the way our ancestors ate, and it is what connected their environments to. In the fall, acorns, root vegetables, and other starchy foods sustain our bodies, while leafy greens and seeds in the springtime give us energy. Similarly, fruits and berries give us sugar, vitamin c, and antioxidants in the summer. For many of us, time doesn't seem to pass quite the same in quarantine, but staying in tune with the changing seasons and connecting to the foods that are ripening now is a great way to enjoy what this time of year has to offer. This is a great opportunity to start paying attention to the food we buy and where we buy it. You can start integrating seasonal items into your grocery list by checking out your local farmers market, food co-op, or support a local farm by signing up for a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) project. Find a Certified Farmers' Market near you. You can also try growing your own produce in a small garden. By taking steps to eat seasonally available products, you can receive the highest nutritional value from your food, while supporting local farmers, and reducing your carbon footprint. It will also taste much better! Ultimately, mending these connections to our food source will allow us to pay more attention to the cycles of earth and appreciate her seasonal bounty! Want to learn how to incorporate native species to your diet? Check out the upcoming CNC TI course: Eating California! Using Native Plants in your Diet and Garden on June 4th. This one of a kind presentation led by native food enthusiast Antonio Sanchez, discusses the ancient and re-emerging field of California native foods and their cultivation. Register for the online event: https://www.communitynatureconnection.org/event-details/eating-california-using-native-plants-in-your-diet-and-garden To learn more about cooking with Native food, you can purchase: Cooking the Native Way by The Chia Cafe Collective For inspiration on new plant-based mexican style recipes, you can purchase: La Vida Verde by Jocelyn Ramirez, chef and founder of Todo Verde. Decolonizing the Diet features members of the Chia Cafe Collective who work in Southern California to revive Native food practices and raise awareness about the precariousness of these important cultural resources. Decolonizing Cuisine with Mak-’amham to see how Ohlone chefs are revitalizing Ohlone language, food practices and adapting them for a modernist palette. A cooling summertime water infusion recipe: Sparkling Water Strawberries Lemon Balm Mint Chia seeds #SAFERATHOME XOXO,

OCEANS & WATERSHEDS

ESPAÑOL ABAJO "Knowledge Drops" Interactive Science Education Series (aimed at 3rd-8th grade) Heal the Bay are hosting live webinars for students to explore water-themed topics like tide pools, the sewage system, and coastal birds. All of the webinars are recorded and then added to the site for later viewing. Each webinar also has a list of resources (videos, PDFs, web pages etc) that students can access to boost their learning. Activity Guide: Ocean Heroes (2nd - 8th Grade) The Dept of Beaches & Harbors and Heal the Bay created this activity guide to prompt learning about watersheds, pollution and conservation. It will require a printer if your students would like to fill in. Also available in Spanish. Tree People’s Lessons & Activities: Water (Pre-K - High School) Tree People have developed quick daily home activities for Pre-K to adults. They include songs, activities, experiments and videos. Some of the activities are also available in Spanish. Water for LA: LA is Thirsty (Middle - High School) A good resource for independent student research, suitable for Middle & High School students. It focuses on where LA’s water comes from, and why water is so integral to the planning and development of Los Angeles County. It features some neat infographics and maps that help visual learners understand the key ideas. Also available in Spanish. Friends of the LA River Curriculum for Families (2nd grade - High School) Our friends at FoLAR have shared their in-class curriculum for educators and families. Usually these resources would be given to teachers before a visit from the LA River Rover, but now families can access these materials to learn about the LA River from home. For further materials and information, click see the full FOLAR LA River Curriculum. Aquarium of the Pacific Teacher Resources | Ocean Habitats (K - 2nd Grade) Utilizing the webcams at the Aquarium of the Pacific, the Aquarium of the Pacific has built lessons that can be completed from home. Students this young will need some support with the tech aspects, but can engage in the learning independently. There are also more Aquarium Webcam Resource Kits for K-8th grade. Aquarium Live: The Aquarium's Online Academy (Pre-K - High School) The Aquarium of the Pacific has daily live lessons aimed at different age brackets: Pre-K, K-2nd, 3rd-5th, 6th-8th, & 9th-12th. Students can tune in to learn about the animals, habitats, water, and how the aquarium manages the water quality. Their coloring pages are also great if your kids are in need of some down time. Our Water Future | Sustainability Series (High School) The Aquarium of the Pacific and PBS have partnered to create some videos about the specific water challenges California faces as a drought state. Cornucopia (Middle School) A neat environmental simulation game produced by the California Academy of Sciences about food systems and how much water is required for farming. There is a teacher’s guide to link the game to NGSS, and to encourage further learning. Healthy Oceans | Flipside Science (Middle - High School) Videos and Guides to learn about sustainability, coral reefs, climate change and plastic pollution. There are classroom activity guides that can be adapted for home, or the videos and questions can be set as independent work. The Deep Sea (4th Grade - Adults) Creative coder Neal Agarwal has created some interactive online learning tools for while we’re learning at home. This one helps us understand how deep the ocean is, and what life we can find at varying depths. Tools & Resources | Council for Watershed Health (Middle - High School) The Watershed Connections Activity Book is suitable for 8th-12th grade. Although students might not be able to do the testing during the Safer At Home Measures, they can engage with the materials. There are some lesson plans in the Drive that can be adapted for home, as well. Grassroots Ecology Watershed Warriors (3rd-5th Grade) This work along activity is a fantastic resource for teachers, parents and students to learn about watersheds. The locational data is focused on the Bay Area, but the information is very valid, and the learning objectives are the same. It may require a little prep to get students on their way at home, but once they’re set up, much of the work can be independent. The links to videos and resources allow students to chip away at the unit of work in their own time. Here are some similar resources from Grassroots. Guía de Actividades: Los Héroes Oceánicos (Segundo grado/ 2⁰ grado - Octavo Grado /8⁰ grado) El Departamento de Playas y Puertos y "Heal the Bay" crearon esta guía de actividades para aprender sobre cuencas hidrográficas, contaminación y conservación. Se requerirá una impresora si sus alumnos desean completar la actividad. También disponible en inglés. Este video explica a su estudiante acerca de lo que es una cuenca hidrográfica y cómo se conecta con nuestro ecosistema. ¿Qué es una cuenca? Los Ángeles Tiene Sed | Agua Para LA  (Secundaria - Preparatoria) Un buen recurso para la investigación de estudiantes independientes, adecuado para estudiantes de secundaria y preparatoria. Se centra en de dónde proviene el agua de Los Angeles y por qué el agua es tan integral para la planificación y el desarrollo del condado de Los Angeles. Cuenta con algunas infografías y mapas ordenados que ayudan a los estudiantes visuales a entender las ideas clave.  También disponible en inglés. Tree People’s Lecciones y Actividades: Agua (Pre-scholar - Preparatoria) “Tree People” ha desarrollado actividades en casa para Pre-K y para adultos. Incluyen canciones, actividades, experimentos y videos. Until next week! Take care #saferathome XOXO,

PATHWAYS TO PARKS

Are you interested in working at local, state, or national parks? While you’re #SaferAtHome, now is a great time to learn about the process and plan your pathway to a career in the parks! Tuesday, May 12 from 1-2pm | How to Get a Job at California State Parks - An Overview Tuesday, May 19 from 1-2pm | CalCareers and State Hiring Exams - Navigating CalCareers and Registering For Exams Tuesday, May 26 from 1-2pm | Ask a California State Park Ranger - FAQ Community Nature Connection recruits new volunteer naturalists for our William O. Douglas Outdoor Classroom programs in Franklin Canyon Park. Due to COVID-19, our Spring training has been postponed. However, please stay tuned for our Summer training dates to come; we are preparing to offer online training if needed so we can meet schools' needs in the Fall. For more information, contact: WODOC@communitynatureconnection.org Angeles National Forest Volunteers give interpretive talks, conduct artist workshops, staff fire lookouts, work with school groups, monitor endemic species, revegetate burned areas, pick up litter, build trails, rove wilderness, study stream conditions, provide information at visitor centers, and so much more. Volunteer.gov presents a variety of opportunities to get to know public land with different state agencies across the U.S.! The Community Nature Connection Restoration program works in partnership with the National Park Service to provide a year-long internship for ages 18 to 26 that focuses on habitat and ecological restoration. After completion of a minimum of 640 hours, interns are eligible for non-competitive hiring by federal land management agencies. Recruitment for the 2021 cohort will commence in fall 2020. For more information, contact: Annakaren@communitynatureconnection.org Los Angeles Conservation Corps is an environmentally focused youth development organization that works with youth from disadvantaged communities. Through work projects, they improve the quality of life for their communities and protect the environment for future generations. Stewards Americorps Programs serve with land-management agencies and organizations in direct service projects that train participants in land-management skills through short-term or year-long AmeriCorps terms and internships. NOLS wilderness training and outdoor leadership offers financial aid and scholarships for their courses. Their Fellowship Program seeks to provide a structured pathway for People of Color to become NOLS instructors as well. To learn more about becoming a Fellow, contact Justin Forrest Parks, Diversity and Inclusion Manager, at diversity@nols.edu Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training is a free and local program that educates volunteers about disaster preparedness for the hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. California Naturalist (Cal Nat) is a fee based program of the UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, the California Naturalist Program. Cal Nat is designed for adults including teachers, docents, land stewards, natural resource professionals, and nature enthusiasts wanting to develop a sense of place and participate in service learning and stewardship of natural resources. *CNC will also be offering a CalNat course come Fall 2020! Keep and eye on the Training Institute website or sign up for our CNC mailing list to stay informed about dates! National Association for Interpretation (NAI) training certifications include the Certified Interpretive Guide and Certified Interpretive Host are fee-based courses. The Certified Interpretive Guide curriculum is for individuals who present formal interpretive programs and covers the foundations of interpretation as well as presentation skills at a site. The Certified Interpretive Host program is for individuals to recognize they share part of the interpretation at a site. Local: Mountains Recreation and Conservation Association &  City of Los Angeles, Department of Recreation & Parks offers temporary, seasonal and long-term park positions across Los Angeles! State: California State Parks are Recruiting Peace Officer Cadets California State Parks are accepting applications now through June 17, 2020. For questions or to schedule a ride along, contact the Recruitment     Office at recruitment@parks.ca.gov The US Forest Service is hiring for a variety of positions in fire across California. Apply Apr. 27 - May 13. National: The National Park Service has parks and positions all across the states! *Note many agencies and organizations are facing temporary furloughs and hiring freezes due to COVID-19. Until next week! Take care #saferathome XOXO,

NATURE DIYs & MORE

Make your own Nature and Art Journal Experiment with plant pigments, plein air color landscapes, or make plant mandalas with the Natural History Museum’s guide on making your own nature and art journal. DIY Moth Light Setting up a light and a sheet to attract moths is a simple and easy way to bring more nature into your backyard. Science Friday has instructions for observing moths, and the California Center for Natural History has instructions for building your own moth light to attract a wider variety of moths. Wildwood’s Nature Rescue Squad have created some simple DIYs to do at home, especially for Pre-K to 2nd grade. DIY Terrarium Create your own self sustaining ecosystem at home, with little maintenance required, terrariums look great anywhere in your space. Create your own Bird Feeder A simple and fun way to bring more birds into your yard, plus these can easily be made with recycled products! 4 ways to create your own backyard herp haven For folks looking to observe herpetofauna (reptiles and amphibians), you can attract these friends to your backyard with these four techniques. It takes several weeks to start finding herpetofauna. Keeplearning.org Got more time on your hands than you’re used to? Keeplearning.org is a huge directory that is constantly being updated. Urban Farming: Research, Writing, and Videos Learn about urban farming techniques, find new recipes, and more from Happily Natural Days’ blog and videos. All About Soil Learn all about the life beneath our feet as TreePeople covers all things soil, from learning how to build healthy soil, to compost, and other activities. New topics are added every week, so make sure to visit regularly to see what else you can learn. Edible Education 101 is a hybrid public lecture series and for-credit class. It has been offered to undergraduate students and members of the public for nine semesters since 2011. The Environmental Learning Center offers a range of fun resources to do at home like this Backyard Scavenger Hunt! Help scientists identify plants and animals on iNaturalist.org. Here's a short video that explains How to use iNaturalist's Identify Page. Feel free to share this video with others so that they can help identify too! Greenlining We The Future 2020: A virtual summit on racial equity May 21, 2020 at 9:15 AM PST. As our nation faces a public health crisis beyond our comprehension and the subsequent economic fallout, the need to embrace and uplift racial equity could not be more important. Greenlining’s Economic Summit brings together thought leaders at the forefront of the fight for justice and equity. Join some of the country's leading racial justice experts, advocates, and activists for a full day of cyber networking, fireside chats, and thought-provoking panels on what we must do to ensure that recovery efforts reach all communities. We'll reimagine how to fundamentally transform our economy, society, and our planet with racial equity at the core. Grounding with Compassion in Times of Physical Isolation - A journey of support, sustainability, resilience and collective care for those on the front lines of the social justice movement. Every Wednesdays from 8:00 am - 8:50 am PST. If you are interested in joining please email: jessicaloya@greenlatinos.org Until next week! Take care #saferathome #natureathome #naturejournal #DIY XOXO,

HOW PLANTS SURVIVE

ESPAÑOL ABAJO Interview a Plant (K-8th) Based on Beetles Project’s Interview an Organism (which is the Middle School in-depth version).This activity can be made as simple or as complex as you like. Have students pick a plant or tree: Can be a tree in their neighborhood, and identify using the Seek by iNaturalist App Or students could research a plant from the Los Angeles page on iNaturalist. Then have students make up questions that they would like to ask that particular plant or tree. Some prompts could include adaptations, age, habitat, who they are “friends” with (ie which animals or organisms live nearby). Students then research and answer their own questions. Seek by iNaturalist This free app is used by naturalists worldwide to identify plants and collect data. It is a fantastic community science resource for learning about flora and fauna, and for identifying species in your backyard or neighborhood. Teachers can use the app to encourage their students to identify and collect data, or to research particular plants. Seek can be utilized as a parallel resource for nature journaling, too. Learn about Trees with TreePeople Tree People have created some great, simple videos, for students to learn all about trees. They encourage (in Spanish & English) students to make a Tree Buddy Profile, sing songs, and get involved in local community gardening. They have more topics coming soon, too. California State Parks PORTS Program Read with Ranger Jenny at Calaveras Big Trees State Park about what plants and trees need to survive. This California State Parks PORTS Youtube channel also has plenty of ways to connect your children (Pre-K-12) with our California State Parks. These videos are the sessions that have already taken place. Check out their upcoming program here. I Love Giant Sequoia Padlet This Padlet has lots of resources to help teach your children about Giant Sequoias, including videos, posters, articles and lesson plans. Global Guardian Project Plant Power Course Global Guardian Project has made all of their lessons free, although you need to register an email address. The Plant Power course guides students through the importance of plants to our ecosystems, and how they survive and thrive. Root Action Experiment The California Science Center is releasing daily Stuck at Home Science experiments and activities to conduct with materials found around the house. All of the activity guides are in English and Spanish, and most are aimed at elementary students. This particular experiment helps students conceptualize how capillary action helps trees to get the water they need. Descanso at Home Descanso Gardens in La Cañada Flintridge are closed to the public, but their education team have released some great resources to learn about gardens, plants, and pollinators, in both English and Spanish. On their YouTube channel, you can take virtual tours of the gardens, like the Ancient Forest, and see the wildlife that visits the park while people aren’t around. Big Green’s Lesson Plans for Plant Needs (K-5th) Big Green’s Lesson Plans can be adapted for learning at home by encouraging students to find plants in their garden or neighborhood, instead of in their school garden. The first portion of the lesson is particularly useful in helping students understand the needs of plants with the acronym “LAWNS”. Find the lesson plans here: PLANT NEEDS | Kindergarten through 2nd Grade and PLANT NEEDS | 3rd through 5th Grade. Sit Spot Activity Using the journal template by Grassroots Ecology, have students observe a specific area or plant. This encourages students to focus on patterns and causation, and to draw links from prior learning about seasons, weather and water. The Outdoor Exploration Guide from the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is a similar activity for K-2. The Germination of a Bean Seed This lesson plan from The Edible Schoolyard Project has been adapted for students to use at home. It doesn’t require students to do any planting or growing of their own (however if you do have the materials and space to do this, it’s a fun project). Storyline Online Here are two books read by celebrities that discuss pollination and plant needs. They’re relatively short, but will be good discussion starters for little ones who can follow along. Here is Rashida Jones reading “Please Please the Bees” and Rami Malek reading “The Empty Pot”. Aprende sobre arboles con TreePeople TreePeople han creado unos videos geniales y sencillos para que sus estudiantes aprendan todo sobre los árboles. AnÍman a los estudiantes (en español e inglés) a hacer un perfil de Tree Buddy, cantar canciones, e involucrarse en la jardinería comunitaria local. Tienen más temas por venir. Descanso en Casa Los jardines de Descanso en La Cañada Flintridge están cerrados al público, pero su equipo educativo han lanzado unos recursos excelentes para aprender sobre jardines, plantas y polinizadores, tanto en inglés como en español. En su canal de YouTube, puede realizar   recorridos virtuales por los jardines, como el Bosque Antiguo, y ver la vida silvestre  que visita el parque mientras que la gente no este cerca. Acción de Raíz Experimento El Centro de Ciencias de California está publicando experimentos y actividades de Ciencia Stuck at Home para llevar a cabo con materiales encontrados en la casa. Todas las guías de actividades están en inglés y español, y la mayoría están dirigidas a estudiantes de primaria. Este experimento particular ayuda a los estudiantes a conceptualizar cómo la acción capilar ayuda a los árboles a obtener el agua que necesitan (espanol esta en el la segunda página) Seek by iNaturalist Esta applicacion gratuita es utilizado por los naturalistas de todo el mundo para identificar plantas y recopilar datos. Es un recurso fantástico de ciencia comunitaria para aprender sobre flora y fauna, y para identificar especies en su patio o vecindario. Los maestros pueden usar la aplicación para alentar a sus alumnos a identificar y recopilar datos, o para investigar plantas particulares. ‘Seek’ también se puede utilizar como un recurso paralelo para el diario de la naturaleza. Until next week! Take care #saferathome #natureathome XOXO,

NEW SKILLS TRAINING

Training/Online Courses (Registration Required) CNC Training Institute - Community Nature Connection Training Institute has brought training online! Check out our family-friendly programming for professional development opportunities, and opportunities to connect with nature and each other. “Free Fridays” Online Workshops hosted by General Assembly until June. From coding, to data and marketing, to UX design and career development, explore the tech skills that will keep you in demand and in the know. The Civic Ecology Lab at Cornell University is offering two free courses covering Network Climate Action: Scaling Up Your Impact and Plant-rich Diet: Persuading Family and Friends. Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are free online courses that cover a wide range of topic areas like environmental science, agriculture, sustainability, public health, biology and many many more! Webinars (Registration Required) Free science & nature webinars from the Montana Natural History Center every Tuesday via NatureWebs on Youtube World Parks Week goes until May 3rd highlighting a range of webinars Nature’s Role in Supporting Resilience in Times of Adversity - A free webinar featuring Dr. Cathy Jordan, C&NN's consulting research director, and Dr. Megan Gunnar, director of the Institute of Child Development at the University of Minnesota will discuss how to respond to COVID-19. See you Tuesday, May 5th at 11am Los Angeles Audubon Society and Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County presents The Evolution of Feather Color in Tanagers! Join Assistant Curator of Ornithology, Dr. Allison Shultz as she talks about the evolution of feather color in the largest family of birds on Wednesday May 13 at 7:15pm. Videos (No Registration Required) Community Nature Connection’s own weekly videos for Pre-K students to learn about Los Angeles’ creatures and critters. More episodes are being released every week, in both English and Spanish. Access via our Facebook. A 5 step process for composting food waste at home! How to Start Composting at Home This weekly resource brings together activities from across Audubon’s national network of environmental educators, including the classroom curriculum Audubon Adventures, plus related DIY activities and content from Audubon’s editors. Audubon for Kids Preserve nature with pressed flower art! Join Sonia in this 2-minute how-to video to learn more! For those of us missing the trails, here’s a link to learn about new trails! Check out these Six Ideas for Exploring and Celebrating Trails at Home! Take care! #SAFERATHOME XOXO,

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