The American River Parkway Foundation (ARPF) maintains an "outdoor classroom" to provide low-income students the chance to enjoy outdoor environmental education; an opportunity these kids simply would not get without the support of our partners and ARPF. Since 2015, the Parkway Foundation's Campfire Outdoor Educational Site has provided over 5,600 under-represented youth from Title I schools across Sacramento County a meaningful outdoor learning experience. Check out a video of the program here. The program is a partnership with the Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE), which designed the STEM class that meets Next Generation Science Standards. Students come in groups of sixty and enjoy a nature hike where they learn about the flora and fauna; a water ferry engineering session; and aquatic macro-invertebrate observations. The curriculum is designed for 4th - 7th grades and is offered at no cost to the schools or the families of students served. This program is an essential piece in our area's spectrum of education and is supporting a diversity of students. Of the kids from Title I schools served, 36% are Latino; 14% black; 14% Asian; and 79% are socioeconomically disadvantaged.
Please take this opportunity to help serve 3,000 young students in 2018. Every $250 will provide the necessary material (nature book, Petri dishes, etc.) for the STEM sessions, every $500 provides a new class at a Title I school the option to enjoy the outdoors, and every $1,500 funds an entire outing for sixty of our area's youth. Every bit helps and we are grateful for any contribution, which goes directly into this important outdoor educational program for our future leaders and learners.