June 2015 - It's been a whirlwind, as schools end their academic year and close down for the summer. I have had the privilege of visiting several high schools to hand out awards, and want to make mention of them here. I presented Marysville HS with their El Dorado pacing contest trophy, Katy Etchison of Elk Grove HS with a 4-year award, the CA Academy of Mathematics and Science with the San Bernardino perpetual and pacing contest trophies, and Oscar Cruz of Sacramento New Tech HS with a 4- year award. Forestry Challenge alum Jessica Parlin represented the Challenge as she presented Carley Hangebrauck of Ponderosa HS with a 4-year award. Way to go!
I am also pleased that the 2014 Annual Report is completed and mailed, a copy of which is linked at the bottom of this page.
Now that 2014 is officially in the books, I can turn my attention to the year ahead. There are now about 400 students from 46 schools officially pre-registered for events, and several others I expect to be joining the list soon. I have made visits to dozens of new schools, and am seeing the fruits of that labor, as 7 new schools are already poised to join us.
So students and teachers, I hope you enjoy your summer, and have a chance to get out and immerse yourselves in the forest, as I plan to do in the months ahead, including a 120 mile backpack trip in July on the John Muir Trail. I'll also mix a little "work" in with the play, visiting event sites to set up the focus topics and field tests. But truly, the line between work and play is pretty blurry. I consider myself fortunate to be associated with all of you and this program.
Until Next Month,
Welcome to the California Forestry Challenge website. Information on the 2015 events is posted on the "events" pages. Schools that pre-register for 2015 events before May 31st will get a 50 percent discount on registration fees.
The California Forestry Challenge is a competitive event for high school students in technical forestry and current forestry issues. Using the forest as the classroom, the California Forestry Challenge is project-based learning at its best.
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