A highlight of my job is providing opportunities for students of all ages to visit the redwoods through our Education Grants Program. This program gives $100,000 every year to various schools, non-profits, and parks, throughout the redwood range to enhance redwood education programs and bring more people to our iconic forests.
The great part about our grants program is the diversity of projects we support. From kindergarten to college students, thousands of youths are spending time among the trees learning redwood ecology, having fun with friends, and, sometimes, seeing a redwood forest for the first time. Whether they spend a day in the redwoods or have an overnight adventure, these forests inspire students to write poetry, create art, and even write songs about their experiences.
One of our grantees, the Humboldt County Office of Education (external link), worked with students this year, from Fortuna High School’s videography class to create “art” in the redwoods after learning about redwood ecology. Watch the video below to see how you should, “Go outside and breathe some fresh air…out in the redwoods…because nature is closer than you think.”
Learn more about our redwood education grants program. Applications are now being accepted for the 2017-2018 year.
I hope you find your artistic and creative side when you visit the redwoods, and when you do, share your photos, videos, and poems with us.