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August 27, 2015
Topophilia Epidemic Spreads in Feather River Country
Time in Nature makes for Healthier Kids and Planet
On average, North American children now spend about seven hours a day in front of a screen, but less than 7 minutes outside. (Gulp!)

And that has impacts not only for the health and development of children, but for the lands and waters that they - and all of us - depend on. Read more about Nature's impacts on children's health...

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Science says kids need time outside, and in particular their local place.

In his new book, How to Raise a Wild Child, paleontologist/biologist Scott Sampson argues, "If sustainability depends on transforming human relationships with nature, the present day gap between kids and nature emerges as one of the greatest and overlooked crises of our time."

The solution? A bad (good!) case of topophilia. Simply, topophilia is a love of place. Sampson argues that the most effective way to foster that love - and a strong land stewardship ethic - appears to be through abundant time in a single, local place. Read more...

Children reading interpretive signs With your help, for over 10 years, FRLT's Learning Landscapes program has been fostering a deep connection to this place among the 2,900 schoolchildren in the Feather River Country. 

By creating opportunities for local teachers and students to experience and steward the same landscape year after year on their own "Outdoor Classroom," we are creating a culture of care that they will carry with them for their lifetimes. Read more...

Help spread topophilia in the Feather River Country

As we start the new school year,  we need your financial help. Learning Landscapes is funded by the Land Trust, small family foundations, and generous donors like you.

  Please give as generously as you can and help us grow the next generation of stewards for the Feather River Country. (Choose "Learning Landscapes" in the Donation Type menu). Thank you!

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Dedicating Land That's Dedicated to Kids
Students Gather to Dedicate Outdoor Classrooms at 3 Schools

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Quincy High dedicates barn as a homebase for student learning, agricultural education, and restoration projects on their Learning Landscape outdoor classroom

It was a great way to end Quincy High School's Centennial Year. 

As all of Quincy High gathered to dedicate their new educational barn on the Leonhardt Ranch Learning Landscape, student body president Matt Beeson flung open the hay door and addressed his fellow students (and his girlfriend!):

All of you who are going to be here next year, encourage your teachers to bring you out here. I don't think there's anything more beautiful - except Brooke [laughter and applause] - than this Barn with Spanish Peak in the background, the fields with the cows. We have just such a unique opportunity at Quincy High School, and I hope everyone gets to enjoy it." 

students gather at barnThat very week, two more schools in the region dedicated their Learning Landscapes outdoor classrooms as well. Which two?

Enthusiastic students, visionary donors, generous community members, dedicated teachers, forward-thinking schools and landowners all came together to create the unique features of each outdoor classroom. Read more...

Conserving and enhancing natural outdoor classrooms within walking distance of every school in the Feather River Watershed (13 schools!), is essential to Learning Landscapes' strategy of instilling a love of place -- and the knowledge and passion to care for it -- in the children of the Feather River Country. 

This is only possible because of friends like you. Thank you.

More ways to enjoy your Land Trust!
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Great Sierra River Clean-up
Saturday, Sept 19, 9a-noon. Roll up your sleeves, make new friends, and join in a volunteer clean-up day on the North Fork of the Feather River in Chester. You'll make a difference for this beautiful natural place, and you'll have fun. Volunteer.
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