DAILY DEMOCRAT: Tuleyome celebrates Latino Conservation Week

In celebration of Latino Conservation Week, Tuleyome is hosting four special events throughout Yolo County.

“Latino Conservation Week was created by the Hispanic Access Foundation to support efforts to connect members of the Latino Community to the recreational opportunities in the outdoors, while also promoting advocacy for the protection of natural resources,” according to Nate Lillge of Tuleyome. “Tuleyome’s ‘family-friendly’ events are designed to provide participants with a safe and fun introduction to the natural and wild world in our own backyard.”

The Cowboy Camp loop hike on Sept. 23 is an easy three-mile hike. This trail, located on Highway 16, a mile south of Highway 20, takes hikers through oak grasslands along Bear Creek. For those who would like to adventure farther along the trail, crossing Bear Creek leads into the Cache Creek Wilderness and many miles of interconnected trails.

Two events, on Sept. 30 and Oct. 21, Lillge reported, provide an opportunity for participants to get their hands into the landscapes and work on restoring and building trails in the Northern Inner Coast Range.

On Sept. 30, Tuleyome is assisting the trail restoration at Stebbins Cold Canyon Reserve. The thousands of visitors to this reserve severely affect this popular hiking spot.

“Restoration efforts include putting erosion blankets and stairs to decrease the speed of erosion and improve natural restoration processes,” Lillge stated. “On October 21, participants will be able to work on expanding the Valley Vista Trail just across Highway 16 from the old Camp Haswell Park.”

And on Saturday, Oct. 7, participants will be invited to participate in an astronomy event that will provide them with a better understanding of the night sky.

All four of the events are designed to encourage families to get outside and learn how they can enjoy the natural world, stated Lillge. No experience is necessary to participate in any of these events.

Participants can contact Lillge at nlillge@tuleyome.org with any questions and to sign up.

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