News & Announcements
Outdoor Adventures 2009
The Northern California Consortium and the Butte County Office of Education, Migrant Education Program continues to encourage students to experience the outdoor world through the 2nd Annual Outdoor Adventures Program. The program also helps meet some of the objectives of the California Children's Outdoor Bill of Rights.
This summer over 50 students from Glenn and Butte Counties had the opportunity to participate in a series of field trips hosted by the Plumas and Mendocino National Forests. Students splashed in the water while discovering aquatic insects, caught a fish, followed a trail, discovered California's past through the Passport In Time Archaeology project and explored nature. Students learned about fire suppression techniques, equipment and prevention. Students were lead through exercises in soils, botany, forestry, hydrology and wildlife. Students designed their own fish print t-shirts, created an ethno botany scrap book and hummingbird feeders as keepsakes from their adventures. Students were equipped with disposable cameras to capture their experience to be shared with their families.
Annual Resources and People Camp 2009
For the first time, six Northern California Consortium students participated in the 18th Annual Resources and People (RAP) Camp hosted by the Fremont-Winema National Forest at Camp Esther Applegate in Lake of the Woods, Oregon. This week-long camp, held at the end of June attracts students from all over California, Oregon and Washington.
Students spent their days doing hands-on outdoor learning about various natural resource disciplines, such as forestry, fisheries, range, wildlife, geology, archaeology, recreation, wilderness, fire management and cultural resources. Students met with the teaching staff to go over the daily exercises and discuss projects, like the fish dissection project. Students were responsible for keeping a journal documenting their experiences.
RAP Camp wasn't all work. Recreation time was allotted each day to allow students to visit with new friends, play volleyball or horseshoes, or go swimming, canoeing, or hiking. Students got to go to Crater Lake, the Fort Klamath Fish Hatchery and the Fort Klamath History Museum. They also got to experience a real cowboy barbeque, calf roping event and even a little Cowboy Poetry by Leon Flick. The week concluded with students preparing and presenting a Land Management Plan, a wonderful slideshow and a talent show.
Butte County Office of Education, Migrant Education Program and the Northern California Consortium treated over 40 students to a three day, two night campout at Whiskeytown Environmental School just outside of Redding, California.
The outdoor education camp gave students the opportunity to learn about orienteering, botany, geology and aquatic insects. Throughout the camp, students were exposed to various careers in natural resource fields. They swam in the creek, hiked in the forest, viewed the night sky during a night hike and roasted marshmallows around the campfire. A good time was had by all!
Shasta Leadership Academy 2009
The Northern California Consortium once again partnered with the Butte County Office of Education, Migrant Education Program and Shasta College to host the 2nd Annual Shasta Leadership Academy in July. Eighty high school students were selected to participate in the week-long residential academy. The program is designed to provide students with career awareness and college preparatory activities while developing academic and leadership skills. Students also had the option of earning one transferable college unit as well as high school credits. The week's activities were planned around the theme "Chuting For Success". Daily themes such as "Packing Your Parachute", "Charting Your Target", "Checking Your Secondary Safety Chute", "Psyching Yourself Up To Jump", and "READY, SET, JUMP!" encouraged students to prepare for new adventures in their life.
Throughout the week, students interacted with guest speakers, participated in teambuilding activities, and practiced public speaking. A variety of guest speakers were invited to address the students about their individual paths to success. Speakers included, Steve Olmos, Superintendent of Willows Unified School District; Maria Macias, math teacher; Samuel Llamas, City of Redding Police Officer; Mario Longoria, Modoc National Forest Civil Rights Officer; and award winning speaker Roberto Dansie. When the students weren't mingling with these positive role models, they were learning about federal student employment opportunities, do's and dont's of resume writing and the importance of creating a professional resume and personal statement. Students were tasked with writing a personal statement that could be used to apply for college, scholarships or a job.
The week wasn't all business. Students performed at the talent show, learned how to Zumba, visited Turtle Bay Exploration Park and walked across the world famous Sundial Bridge. By week's end, students were ready for the banquet that took place at the Gaia Hotel and Resort. Students enjoyed an elegant meal before dancing the night away with the sounds from DJ Luis Rodriguez.
LEAP Academy Campout 2009
The Northern California Consortium; Migrant Education Program; and Boy Scouts of America collaborated for the second year to provide an overnight camping experience to 61 migrant high school students. Participating students worked hard over a 5-month period to complete the 3rd Annual LEAP (Learn, Experience, Achieve, and Prevail) Academy. Meeting one Saturday a month for a total of six sessions. The LEAP Academy is designed to promote career awareness through language education and development and career exploration. In past years, only Migrant Education high school students participated. But this year, students from the Chico State Talent Search program also attended.
Students were given the opportunity to attend an overnight camping trip to the Boy Scouts' Camp Lassen in Butte Meadows, California. Throughout the two-day field trip, students were able to participate in mountain biking, swimming, canoeing, kayaking and team building activities. During a survival skills presentation, lead by Mendocino National Forest Hydrologist, Robin Mowery, students learned what to do if lost or stranded in the forest, how to properly build a campfire and about the different types of camping. Students also competed against each other to see how fast they could properly set up a tent. Everyone's favorite activity was the Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience (COPE) activity the "flying squirrel", where students were lifted 25 feet into the air by fellow team members.