Snow or no snow, inside or outside we are always inspiring exploration of the natural world, responsible stewardship of our habitat, and dedication to community. And in December 2023 we did just that!
On December 1st, 8th, and 15th we continued and finished our Young Naturalist Club for the year. The club braved the sun and snow (sometimes all on the same day) to learn about Temporary, Fine and Functional art. Participants in these lessons built crafts to help show examples of the three types of art. And of course, we had hot chocolate to warm up! Would a NOS event be complete if we didn't have hot chocolate? Do you have a student who would like to participate in our Young Naturalist club? Call our Elko office (775-777-0814) to sign them up for our next club (Science in Nature) starting January 19th.
Picture: Participants creating various crafts in examples of the different types of art.
December 6th Noah Clymens and Melanie Erquiaga visited the Battle Born Youth Academy Career Day in Carlin, Nevada. This visit was all about educating students about potential careers they may be presented with after graduating. AmeriCorps is a nonprofit program that often recruits students right out of high school to prepare them for careers that they will have later on in life. Teaching members invaluable skills that will help them in the future is an important core value of AmeriCorps which should encourage anyone to join!
Also on December 6th Noah D. and Kaneisha attended the Great Basin College Winter Festival to educate the public about NOS and all of the things we have to offer! This event went off without a hiccup, the great thing about the event was the kids that came to our table and got information about NOS as they took stickers and brochures home with them.
Picture: Elko High School Choraliers
In Winnemucca on December 6th 2 families joined us for a Healthy Habits walk about the Splash Pad Fitness Path. Participants were encouraged to use the workout equipment around the path and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate!
Plant identification and Leave No Trace were topics of discussion at our December 8th Snowshoe Hike on the Talbot Trail in Lamoille. Though there was not enough snow for snowshoes to be worn, it did not put a stop to all our winter fun! Not only did we find native plants on the trail but one of our participants found a geocache!
Picture: Participant finding her very first geocache along the Talbot Trail in Lamoille
Saturday, December 16th was the perfect day for the California Trail Center to host their Annual Pioneer Christmas. Participants were greeted outside with a warm fire and the opportunity to make a s’more. Once inside their first stop was at the stocking table, where they could decorate their own stocking to be filled with treats and crafts. Other opportunities included; yarn ornaments, Christmas cards, paper snowflakes, fabric dolls, clay ornaments, candy cane reindeer, hot chocolate in a bag, and pretzel log cabins. The event was a huge success and we look forward to helping with the next one!
Picture: NOS Staff member, Meghan Sturgell, showing a pretzel log cabin example.