DEPARTMENT OF PARKS AND RECREATION KICKS OFF ECO-RANGER CAMP FOR YOUTH

Building on a unique program geared toward helping young people develop a deeper
appreciation of the natural world, the Department of Parks and Recreation, with
support from Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe, kicks off a second year of the
innovative Eco-Ranger Camp on Monday, July 15.

Dedicated to leadership development, environmental awareness and human relations
training for 40 participants ages 13-18, this year's Teen Eco-Ranger Leadership
Academy is being expanded from one day to a full week prior to the start of the day
camp.

Leadership Academy activities will include Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
training; a tour of Rio Hondo College that will emphasize higher education and green
jobs; a visit to a meeting of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors; and a
trail improvement service project at Castaic Lake. Once the one-week academy is
complete, the participants will work with the younger children enrolled in the
Eco-Ranger day camp, which begins July 22.

"Due to the success of last year's program, I am delighted that we are expanding the
Eco-Ranger Camp this year," said Supervisor Knabe. "These types of experiences give
young people an opportunity to learn about nature and the environment in a hands-on
and fun way. Hopefully, it will also expand their minds as they consider careers for
their future and prepare themselves for the jobs of tomorrow."

The day camp is aimed at more than 200 youth, ages 6-12, from four County parks -
Sorensen, Adventure, Amigo and Amelia Mayberry - serving unincorporated South and
West Whittier. Its programming places a strong emphasis on principles of
conservation, and reinforcing the unique role that young people play in protecting
the environment. Topics covered include water conservation; recycling; alternative
energy awareness; preservation of natural resources; and lessons on local
ecosystems, plant and animal habitats.

Among the activities in the week-long series of environmental awareness workshops
and field trips, beginning July 22: a trip to Dockweiler State Beach, where campers
will be able to swim in the ocean and take part in a beach cleanup service project
with representatives from Heal the Bay; a visit to the Puente Hills Landfill, where
campers will learn about recycling and decorate their own recycling bins; and a
week-ending, overnight trip to Castaic Lake State Recreation Area - where
participants will see animal demonstrations, go on nature hikes and experience
camping, many for the very first time.

"For young people growing up in urban areas of Los Angeles County, our parks play a
vital role in helping them establish a connection to nature and the outdoors," said
Department of Parks and Recreation Director Russ Guiney. "We are thrilled to partner
again with Supervisor Knabe and others whose generosity of time and resources has
helped make the Eco-Ranger Camp such a success."
Contact:
Andre Herndon,
Public Information Officer
(213) 738-2963

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