California Children's Outdoor Bill of Rights
SMORES Nature Education Program
The County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation (LA County DPR) received funding from CA State Parks' Habitat Conservation Fund grant program for the Start Mentoring Outgoing Resourceful Environmental Stewards (SMORES) nature education program at four project sites: 1) Castaic Lake Recreation Area; 2) Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area; 3) Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area; and 4) Whittier Narrows Recreation Area.
These four project sites were chosen for their broad geographic representation of the County of Los Angeles and for their rich and diverse wildlife habitats. There is a very significant need for programs such as the SMORES program, which will address the growing challenge of connecting children to nature in a world that is increasingly technological.
Overpopulation, urban development, and a weak economy are three of the main reasons why there is a deficiency in nature education opportunities; the SMORES program will address this deficiency and make a positive impact on the participants and the natural world. The SMORES program will help youth make personal connections to natural areas within the County of Los Angeles that are undisturbed and rich with biodiversity.
SMORES provided a wide variety of outdoor wildlife area activities and skills workshops including camping, hiking and trail safety, fishing, learning about native flora and fauna, and much more. A primary goal of the SMORES program is to provide science and nature education services to children by providing opportunities that are not available in a regular classroom setting.
The SMORES program is designed to plant a seed that will spark interest in youth by personally engaging them in hands‐on activities that will instill awareness, promote an appreciation for wildlife habitats, and help youth develop positive habits that will promote environmental stewardship for future generations.
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