Earth camp set for fall break |

Earth camp set for fall break

A camp during fall break next week will offer hands-on learning activities at the Burton Homestead north of Nevada City.

Activities will include making shelters, tracking animals, monitoring water at the onsite spring with Sierra Streams Institute, story-telling, wildlife watches, learning about indigenous culture, creative nature crafts, music and games.

Earth Encounters is a three-day camp for children ages 5 to 12, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, Oct. 19-21. Cost is $50 and includes a healthy snack.

The camp is hosted by the Nevada County Land Trust at the homestead at 16200 Lake Vera Road, north of Nevada City.

Teens ages 13 to 17 can participate in the Junior Stewards Program. Youth learn leadership skills and personal responsibility in the outdoor education setting. This program can be a part of students’ community service requirement at school.

Seniors also are invited to participate in the Grandparents are Gifts Program, helping with arts and crafts, storytelling and healthy snack preparation.

Head counselor Rick Berry has received training at the Tom Brown Jr. Tracker School and will lead many of the earth skills adventures.

Learn more or register at or fill out a registration form at the Land Trust office, 175 Joerschke Drive, Suite R, Grass Valley.

Youth Program Coordinator Stacy Prater-Vigil can be reached at (530) 272-5994 ext. 7 or

The Nevada County Land Trust’s mission is to deepen community connection with the land. Youth program activities use educational immersion to promote appreciation, learning and exploration of the natural environment, and use the teachings of local indigenous cultures when possible.


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