We kicked off the day with name games and then paused tree planting for lunch in the trees! After our morning in the woods, we went to the greenhouse to pick fresh veggies & eat them right there. The greenhouse was actually built by Angie and another staff member all by themselves! Such an inspiring day with passionate leaders and volunteers!
The Youth Exploring Stewardship (YES) Conference was such a success due to 20 high schoolers and fellow Youth Exploring Stewardship coalition organizations joining us at the calwood nature near Jamestown, CO! Almost one year to the day after the Cal-wood wildfire that burned part of the land around the education center, we planted over 200 coniferous trees! This effort was led by Angie Busby, the natural resource manager of the land, who continues to revitalize the recovering land. We specifically planted Blue Spruce and Ponderosa Pines- locating them on the north side of larger trees or slopes so they can have some shade to grow. This increases the survival rate of the saplings (baby trees) and thus, will create the best outcome for regrowth on the burnt land.