I recently went to a small presentation given by the two founders of the Tahoe Institute for Natural Science, known as TINS. This is a member supported non-profit that spreads knowledge about the natural history, conservation, and ecosystem of the Tahoe region. Eventually, their goal is to build a world class nature center and educational facility here, but for now they run a wide range of very cool nature programs!
After I attended the presentation, I read an article in the Sierra Sun, April 2nd issue that the Tahoe Rim Trail Association, TINS, and the American Red Cross are partnering for their seventh annual Youth Backcountry Camp summer programs. What an amazing opportunity! Teens ages 12-17 attend a three day hiking and base camp experience teaching wilderness and living skills to teens, or five day Wilderness First Aid event in which teens gain wilderness skills AND Wilderness First Aid certification through the American Red Cross!
The teens will be also be learning leadership skills, navigation by compass and with maps, Leave No Trace wilderness ethics, ecology and geology, wilderness tracking and backcountry cooking and nutrition. Oh to be young again!!
If you are on Facebook, I suggest you LIKE Tahoe Institute for Natural Science. And if you know of a teen who might be interested in a summer program you can learn more on TINS page about the Junior and High School Camps, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Scholarships are available to both camps.