For Youth and Families
GET YOUR NATURE ON!
The Angeles Chapter provides numerous opportunities for youth and their families to GET OUTDOORS and explore, enjoy & protect our natural world.
"Must we always teach our children with books? Let them look at the mountains and the stars up above. Let them look at the beauty of the waters and the trees and flowers on earth. They will then begin to think, and to think is the beginning of a real education."
- David Polis
- Little Hikers/Junior Explorers
The Angeles Chapter’s Little Hikers/Junior Explorers conducts a program of outdoor activities for families with children. Typical outings include car camps, day hikes, picnics & skiing. We provide a unique opportunity for our children to learn about conservation -- to explore, enjoy and protect the wilderness. All outings are family outings; each child must be accompanied by a parent, grandparent or other responsible adult. Events are also suitable for beginning hikers and newcomers are welcome!
- Inner City Outings (ICO)
Inner City Outings is a community outreach program that provides outdoor opportunities for urban youth and adults. Through these outings, ICO promotes interpersonal skills and self-esteem by involving participants in teamwork, teaching them self-reliance outside an urban setting, and encouraging them to take an active role in protecting the environment. As its participants discover the beauty of wild lands, ICO also helps the Club build support for environmental protection in urban communities across the country.
The Sierra Club also sponsors these programs:
- Building Bridges to the Outdoors -- The goal of the Sierra Club's Building Bridges to the Outdoors (BBTO) project is to give every child in America an outdoor experience. To achieve this, BBTO is working nationwide to build diverse support for connecting underserved children, youth and families with the outdoors, both by shaping the public conversation and engaging public officials. BBTO also focuses on developing young leaders in this movement by engaging them in trainings, conferences and speaking opportunities where they can influence the changes that are being sought.
- Military Families and Veterans Initiative - Ensuring that those who defend our country, and their families, get a chance to enjoy the land they serve!
The Sierra Club has joined forces with other organizations to advance policies and implement strategies for connecting youth with the outdoors:
- Outdoors Alliance for Kids (OAK) - Outdoors Alliance for Kids is a national strategic partnership of organizations from diverse sectors with the common interest of expanding the number and quality of opportunities for children, youth and families to connect with the outdoors. The Sierra Club is the founder and chair of OAK.
- No Child Left Inside The Sierra Club is a member of the No Child Left Inside Coalition which supports incentives for incorporating environmental education into public school curricula across the nation.
Additional resources for getting your children and families outdoors:
- Children & Nature Network - The Children & Nature Network is leading a movement to connect all children, their families and communities to nature.
- Nature Rocks -- This site will help you find all sorts of nature activities, plus tools to help guide and plan your adventures. You'll also find useful tips and information to help you get into nature without getting over your head. It's fast and easy so you can shut your computer down quickly, open up that door and be on your way in as little as 5 minutes. Nature is closer than you think!
- Let's Move Outside -- Michelle Obama’s campaign to end childhood obesity within one generation. Let's Move Outside, administered by Department of Inetrior, was created to get kids and families to take advantage of America's great outdoors, which abound in every city, town and community. By linking parents to nearby parks, trails and waters, and providing tips and ideas, Let's Move Outside can help families develop a more active lifestyle.
- Discover the Forest -- It's good to get outdoors! When you were a kid it was easy to spend time in nature - you didn't need anything but your imagination and the great outdoors. Today, it can be hard to break free and get out there to share that same experience with your kids. But it's worth it, and nature is closer than you think. Unplug from the daily routine and reconnect with nature, and each other! Get ideas for where to go and what to do, then grab the kids and start discovering!
- Buddy Bison -- Buddy Bison is the mascot of the National Park Trust. He encourages kids to "Get Outdoors! The Parks Are Yours!" Site has information for kids, parents & teachers relating to our National Parks.
- The Children's Nature Institute -- For more than 25 years, The CHildren's Nature Institute (CNI) has fostered children's natural sense of wonderment through the use of hands-on exploration to discover the natural world. CNI's nature education programs provide children age 8 and under with an experiential learning environment. Whether digging in the dirt looking for worms or roly-polies, looking closely at the bark of a tree to discover a line of ants, spraying a spider web with water to see it glisten in the sunlight, or comparing and contrasting the textures of different leaves, we experience nature through observation and exploration.
[Thanksgiving with the Ruiz Family at Big Bear Lake, header photo courtesy of Peter Ruiz]