California Children's Outdoor Bill of Rights
California Bureau of Land Management
The California Bureau of Land Management (BLM) implements the California Children's Outdoor Bill of Rights (COBR) in several ways including: displaying COBR marketing materials in all BLM field offices across the state, providing marketing materials to local schools, environmental education, and outdoor recreation programs that partner with the BLM, attaching the COBR logo to many BLM youth-focused publications, and implementing the COBR 'rights' in BLM youth programming. Some youth program examples include:
1. Healthy Initiative for Kids in the Environment (HIKE) - Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountain National Monument
The HIKE Youth Crew is comprised of six well-deserving and under-served youth from the Coachella Valley who promote hands-on learning to 2,000 students in fourth grade classrooms, then guide the students on a field study trip in the National Monument about one week later. Crew members ride the bus with the students, narrating about the natural history and outdoor recreation opportunities along the way. California State Curriculum Standards are integrated with the natural and cultural resources that students can see, feel, hear and smell during their hike. On the field trip, students maintain a species list, observe rocks and compile a survey, experience intensive listening and make a sound map, learn anatomy and ecology of the desert fan palm, and follow the scientific method to conduct a science investigation related to the Desert Palm Oasis. Students participate in a mini-symposium where their data is presented and conclusions are shared. This is held at picnic tables in the native palm oasis. Stewardship and visiting public lands for family recreation is strongly encouraged especially during the narrated bus ride. The HIKE program is popular with teachers, students, and parents. Other prominent partners in the HIKE program are the US Forest Service, Natural Science Collaborative, Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, Friends of the Desert Mountains, four local school districts and Leave No Trace, Inc.
COBR: Explore nature, Follow a trail, Connect with the past
2. Humboats Kayak Adventures - Trinidad Elementary Students Paddle the Bay
BLM partnered with Humboats Kayak Adventures to get over 60 students kayaking on Humboldt Bay. Some in tandems and some in single kayaks, they paddled around Woodley Island and learned about the natural and cultural history of the Bay. BLM manages the North (Samoa Dunes Recreation Area) and South (Mike Thompson Wildlife Area and South Spit Cooperative Management Area) jetty’s of Humboldt Bay making it the ideal location to talk about these important public lands.
COBR: Go boating, Connect with the past, Explore nature
3. Junior Rangers in the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument
The Junior Ranger program offers an in-depth experience for families while at the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Visitor Center. A self-guided set of activities promote better understanding of the plants, animals, and geology for independent use on the nature trail. Skills are introduced for learning about orienteering, species identification and enhanced observation. Upon returning to the Visitor Center building, children take an oath of stewardship and are recognized as a partner in protecting resources on public lands. Prominent partners in the Jr. Trail Guide program are the US Forest Service, Friends of the Desert Mountains, and Leave No Trace, Inc.
COBR: Explore nature, Play in a safe place, Follow a trail,
4. Take a Kid Mountain Biking
The Take a Kid Mountain Biking program is co-sponsored by the Redding Mountain Bike Club, BLM, Shasta County Public Health Dept. and the International Mountain Biking Association. The program is primarily focused on getting kids outdoors but a secondary mission based on learning Leave No Trace outdoor ethics and historical appreciation.
COBR: Ride a bike, Follow a trail, Connect with the past
5. Toro Park School Goes Native
First classroom visit was an introduction to return of the Natives program, restoration, native plants and the Leave No Trace puppet show. The first field trip was to collect native seeds and plant identification. The classroom visit was for the students to plant the native seeds into rose pots. The next field trip was to cut willows for bank stabilization. Next week the willows will be planted along the creek. In January the students return to Fort Ord to prepare the restoration site. Following the site preparation, the students will plant the native seedlings. The students will return 2 more times for Leave No Trace activities, hiking and checking on the restoration site. The final classroom visit will include a reflection exercise to close out the project.
COBR: Plant a seed, Explore nature, Play in a safe place