(IEE) Innovations in Environmental Education Fund

Administered by the American River Conservancy, the IEE Fund is a grant-making program that awards grants to support El Dorado County educators in implementing innovative environmental education projects.

ACTIVITIES

EDUCATIONAL FIELD TRIPS FOR SCHOOLS
Interested in signing up for a field trip? The Wakamatsu Outdoor Education Program offers a wide range of lesson topics for grades pre-k through 12. Example themes include natural history, gardening basics, watershed science, and stewardship projects. For more information or to schedule a visit, please contact ryan@ARConservancy.org or call (530) 621-1224

SUMMER CAMPS
Experience fun new activities, outdoor games, and hands-on crafts at Nature Camp. Camp programs take place in Coloma and nearby parks every summer. All camps offered are day-camps, except for the sleep-over at the end of the 9-11 year old camp.

Session I:  9-11 year-olds (June 12 – 16, 2017)

Session II:  6-8 year-olds (June 26 – 30, 2017)

Session III:  6-8 year-olds (July 17 – 21, 2017)

Session IV:  4-5 year-olds (July 24 – 28, 2017)

REGISTER HERE for 2017 Nature Camp. Want to become a Camp Counselor? Contact us by March. Training and small fee mandatory.

NATURE BOWL
Nature Bowl, a project of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, is an environmental education “competition.” Teams of 3-8 students in grades 3-6 study life science and environmental issues in preparation for an all-day semi-finals event. Download the Nature Bowl Information Packet HERE for more information and registration form.  All Forms should be mailed to: American River Conservancy, P.O. Box 562, Coloma CA 95613.   For more information, contact us at (530) 621-1224.

NATURE CENTER AND BOOKSTORE
The American River Nature Center
Open 10am-4pm Fri-Sun

Explore hands-on exhibits, life-like taxidermy animals, a large scale map of the American and Cosumnes Rivers, and microscopes that bring the world up close. Meet Caddyshack, a rehabilitated Gopher Snake, and George, a captive-bred, endangered California tiger salamander. There’s lots to see and learn about inside the Nature Center, which occupies the historic Kane House. Outside the Nature Center enjoy several hiking trails in the park, and nearby. Maps available on request.

CALIFORNIA NATURALIST CLASSES
If you enjoy exploring and learning about our local ecology, engaging in citizen science, and sharing your knowledge with others, this program is for you! The 40 hour course combines a science curriculum with guest lecturers, field trips and project-based learning to explore the unique ecology and natural history of the Sierra Foothills. Evening classes will be held at the American River Nature Center in Coloma and field trips locally in El Dorado County. 

Spring 2017 Course is Full.  Check back this Fall for 2018 Course information.

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HIKES AND CLASSES

Whether you’re looking for a workshop, hike, or volunteer event, we have something planned almost weekly.

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