UPDATE: Unfortunately, this event has been cancelled.
Loving the Land (LtL) is a dynamic outdoor adventure program sponsored by the Southern Oregon Land Conservancy (SOLC) and now in its 13th season. LtL invites local 4th and 5th graders who spend a couple hours exploring and learning about the creatures and plants that share their world.
This year April 24th -April 28 students from Ashland, Talent and Phoenix school districts will get their hands in the dirt and explore the beauty of Oredson-Todd Woods located in Ashland. Loving the Land is supported by a grant from the Ashland Parks Foundation.
“We will introduce the students to some of their neighbors” says Kristi Mergenthaler, Stewardship Director of the local Land Conservancy, “including their tall neighbors, like ponderosa pine, and their smaller aquatic insect neighbors like mayflies and caddisflies. We want kids to feel comfortable and have fun in the Woods while experiencing some stream time and less screen time.”
Students rotate through three hands-on activity stations located along the trails and learn about the local geology, trees and the canopy, and the macroinvertebrates that live in Clay Creek. Occasionally, lucky students catch Pacific giant salamanders, a resident of the creek. Students are also guided on a special hike to a waterfall and work on quiet reflective activities. Workbooks for the classroom are used to supplement the outdoor experience.
The Oredson-Todd Woods is protected through a conservation agreement between the City and the Land Conservancy. The property was originally donated to the Conservancy in 1982 by Vince Oredson and John Todd and later given to the City to be used for natural parkland. It is adjacent to Siskiyou Mountain Park, another conserved property. For information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit landconserve.org.