Since the beginning of the 2012-13 school year, LandPaths’ In Our Own BackYard (IOOBY) program has taken more than 30 classes of students on educational hikes at sites throughout the county. Your child will return to this property a total of four times throughout the school year with IOOBY. Each visit focuses on a specific theme. We hope that after 4 visits to the same location (though some schools visit multiple sites) your child will grow in their understanding of, appreciation of, and desire to steward the natural world.
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The theme of the first visit was Discovery and Exploration. The goal of this first visit is to get the students associated with their site. Most trips included a LOT of hiking to gain a sense of place. Such activities include:
(1) DUPLICATION SCAVENGER HUNTS engage your child’s memory and identification skills and beg groups to find duplicates of collected natural objects. We come together for discussion and comparison.
(2) GARBAGE RELAY GAME is an interactive way to teach your child about where our trash goes; how to sort recycling, compost, re- useable, and trash items, and our “leave no trace” policy.
(3) SIT SPOTS are a time for your child to find solace in nature. We hope to dedicate about 30 minutes each trip to quiet, solo observations. Your child will return to the same spot on each visit and develop their own, personal relationship with the big outside.
(4) SONG AND DANCE gets your kids moving and singing each morning. Ask your kids if they can remember the roots, stems, leaves song.
(5) ACTIVITIES IN THE GARDEN were accomplished at Rancho Mark West and Bayer Farm. A beautiful spread of salsas, chips, and fresh garden salads and quesadillas with veggies were prepared and shared with other classes. A big thank you to our superstar volunteers, Richard Mapache, Dolores Dogbane, Angeles Ant Bravo and Bayer Farm volunteers Mariposa Lily Maria and Lupe Lupine.
IOOBY stands for In Our Own BackYard. IOOBY is LandPaths' premier environmental education program that aims to cultivate a level of comfort in, connection to, and informed appreciation of the outdoors for students involved.
Through four theme- based field trips, we hope to awaken each students' senses to the world around them through discovery and exploration, enliven their curiosity about the natural world through fun- filled investigations of their own watersheds and local habitats, and ultimately, inspire them to respect, protect, and steward the land.
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