The 49 Breakfast Rotary Club of Nevada City and Bear Yuba Land Trust, in cooperation with the Adaptive PE department at Nevada Union High School, took a group of special needs students to an historical mining site near Smartsville on an outdoor adventure Wednesday. At the hydraulic mining pond, that has become a refuge for wildlife, students tried to help net invasive bullfrogs that would have been taken to the Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation facility for them to feed to their injured and recovering raptors. There were about 30 students from the Adaptive PE class, and 15 other kids joining in to help out, as well as about 15 teachers and parents, a dozen or so Rotarians, and staff from Bear Yuba Land Trust who led the “frog-a-thon.”
Although no frogs were collected, organizers didn’t seem to mind.
“It was a lovely event! The kids had fun - and that’s exactly what it was all about,” said Melony Vance, community programs managers for BYLT.
After frolicking in the mud, they had lunch (provided by the Rotary Club), followed by a sing-a-long with Kristen Hein Strohm and Stephen Hein who have written several nature songs for the kids to participate in.
There was also a crew of about 30 NCCC and AmeriCorp young adults building a new trail overlooking the pond area.