Spring Session 2020

Hi Everyone,

The Spring Session of the Bolinas Stinson Young Stewards is just around the corner.

We’ll be meeting for nine Thursdays, 3-6, beginning February 13th.

Spring Schedule will be as follows: February 13, 27 March 5, 19, 26 April 2, 16, 23, 30 with our exciting culminating camp out to close our session on May 1-2.

Our program will be led by our fabulous team of Meg Campbell and Will Hubert with support from six returning USF student mentors.

As usual, opportunities for outdoor exploration, and learning, community tending, as well as collaboration with community members, and incredible snacks will abound!

To learn more about our program, our team and what we got up to last fall, you can visit these links:https://bostinysl.org/about/ and https://bostinysl.org/bios/.

Welcome packets with registration forms and scholarship applications will be available as of Friday, Jan 31st both online at our website, https://bostinysl.org/forms/, and in the school office and are due by Monday, February 10th.

Please email bostinyoungstewards@gmail.com with any questions. We look forward to getting underway together!

Young Stewards Steering Committee

YCC- Youth Conservation Corp

Apply your stewardship skills and learn more will getting paid. Join the YCC- Youth Conservation Corp, ages 14-18; and have a job in nature local or nationally.

What would I do?

Youth Conservation Corps members work in a healthful outdoor setting on a variety of projects including building trails, maintaining fences, cleaning up campgrounds, improving wildlife habitat, environmental education planning and teaching, stream restoration, historic building preservation, and more! You’ll also participate in educational field trips where chances are you’ll see wildlife or history before your eyes, hike and stand on a mountaintop, or gaze at an ancient ruin.

What benefits would I get from participating?

Not only would you get paid to work in some of the coolest places in the country, but you will also have the chance to learn about careers with the National Park Service and gain valuable work skills that can help you get your next job! You will be working with other incredible people and hopefully you will build a lifetime bond. If you like to hike, backpack, climb, kayak, bike, horseback ride, etc national parks are perfect for that!

For more information





Youth Conservation Corps Opportunities
Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument/Lake Meredith National Recreation Area, TX
American Memorial Park, GU
Antietam National Battlefield, VA
Arkansas Post National Memorial, AR
Aztec Ruins National Monument, NM
Big Hole National Battlefield, MT
Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area, WY/MT
Bryce Canyon National Park, UT
City Of Rocks National Reserve, ID
Crater Lake National Park, WA
Denali National Park and Preserve, AK
Eugene O’Neill National Historic Site, CA
Fort Smith National Historic Site, AR
Fort Union National Monument, NM
Fossil Butte National Monument, WY
George Washington Memorial Parkway, DC
Golden Gate National Recreation Area, CA
Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site, MT
Homestead National Monument of America, NE
John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, OR
John Muir National Historic Site, CA
Kenai Fjords National Park, AK
Keweenaw National Historical Park, MI
John Muir National Historic Site, WA
Lava Beds National Monument, CA
Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial, IN
Lyndon B Johnson National Historial Park, TX
Manassas National Battlefield Park, VA
Monocacy National Battlefield, MD
Pea Ridge National Military Park, AR
Pecos National Historical Park, NM
Petrified Forest National Park, AZ
Pipestone National Monument, MN
Prince William Forest Park, VA
Saguaro National Park, AZ
Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway, WI
Yellowstone National Park, WY
Lassen Volcanic National Park, CA
Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, OR
Manzanar National Historic Site, CA
National Capital East, DC
Nez Perce National Historical Park, ID
North Cascades National Park, WA
National Park of American Samoa, AS
Oregon Caves National Monument and Preserve, OR
Point Reyes National Seashore, CA
Pu’ukohola Heiau National Historic Site, HI
Pu`uhonua O Hōnaunau National Historical Park, HI
Redwood National and State Parks, CA
San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, CA
San Juan Island Historical Park, WA
Sitka National Historical Park, AK
WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument, HI
War in the Pacific National Historical Park , GU
Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, CA
Whitman Mission National Historic Site, WA
Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, VA
Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve, AK
Yosemite National Park, CA
Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve, AK

Please be advised, this is not an exhaustive list of parks that offer Youth Conservation Corps (YCC). For a listing of YCC programs in your geographical area use our “Find Your Park” locator.

Point Reyes Summer Camp

Bo-Stin Young Stewards of the Land looks forward to supporting the local youth in adding an additional layer of outdoor education that the school, the community and local families provide.

We enjoy finding ways to prepare youth bridging into opportunities like the Point Reyes Summer Camp. This Program appeals to youth near and far and gives kids an opportunity to make new friends and pen pals.

Designed especially for teens, Point Reyes Adventure Camp features professionally-led backpacking trips into the heart of Point Reyes’ Phillip Burton Wilderness.

Participants develop confidence and build leadership skills while practicing “leave no trace” wilderness ethics. Each backpacking group of 13 youth is guided by one professional Naturalist Educator and two trained Counselor Intern Naturalists, all of whom have significant wilderness and youth leadership experience.

Adventure Camp I participants (grades 7 & 8) share a 3-day backpacking trip with their cabin group of the same gender and end the session with a reunion feast and campfire finale.

Adventure Camp II participants (grades 9 to 12) share 4 days in the backcountry in a mixed gender group and end the session with a reunion feast and dance party.

Participants must be prepared to hike up to eight miles per day over varied terrain while carrying a 30 to 40 pound backpack. 

PRSC provides all group gear including tarp shelters, cooking equipment, first aid supplies, meals and snacks.

Please Note: Point Reyes Summer Camp sessions are optimally designed for the stated grades. Please do not register your child in a session for which they are not eligible. Any child enrolled in a session for which they are not age-appropriate will be dropped from the program and a $50 processing charge will be retained.

Supervision, instruction, accommodation, food, group gear, and a camp t-shirt are included in the registration fee. Transportation to and from camp is not included.

Registration opens January 23, 2020 at 10:00 am!

For session dates and details, please check there website on December 1, 2019.


Apple Harvest

We are so happy to share our apple gatherings with the community tomorrow, Saturday Nov 9th, 12-3pm at the Bolinas Stinson Beach School (Bolinas Campus) Harvest Festival.

USF Steward Mentors along with Professor Melinda Stone, Program Director Meg Campbell, Program Facilitator Will Hubert will all be supporting in the processing of Apples for pressing Apple Juice, making Apple Galletes and other Cob oven fare.

Bring apples to press.

Containers for Juice.

and a smile.

The Bolinas – Stinson School Foundation will be running the bake sale, the School Classrooms, parents and Site Council will have drinks, snacks, activities, such as field games, face painting, pumpkin decorating, arts and crafts, caramel apples, the cake walk, a photo booth and scarecrow auction. Hope to see you there.

Donations & Proceeds benefit the Bolinas-Stinson Beach School Foundation and the Bolinas- Stinson Beach School PTO program and the BoStinYSL program.

Week VI Apple Harvest

Hi Everyone,

Welcome to the end of October (just about)! This is the time of year when we are gleaning the last of our summer crop to prep ourselves for winter darkness and cozy hibernation. Along the lines of that theme, we will be doing a community apple harvest this week, as well as tending to the garden at the school.

Our Shao Shan Farm visit was a success last week and we are looking forward to potentially working more with Scott in the future. We had all hands on deck as we weeded the bed of Chinese Broccoli. Some highlights that stand out in my memory are sitting at the far end of the bed with Tyler, Jacob and Wiley as they past around a caterpillar, and kept each other in check. Also, watching Maddie run towards the goats, leaping over the beds in excitement. Mauricio was enthusiastic about pulling the largest purslane he could get his hands on. Everyone was in high spirits, and getting a chance to connect with Scott was a real pleasure!

This coming week, in regards to our community apple harvest, we will be going to three different houses in the neighborhood to collect apples. We will also have a group of kids and college students stay at the school to work in the garden alongside Sarah. Apple picking generally consists of some mellow tree climbing and mild acrobatics that tend to engage the kids in a positive way.

The hope is that we collect enough apples to make treats and cider for the Harvest Fair on November 9. Bo-Stin kids will also have the opportunity to work the Stewards booth on said date and sell what they have made. These details are still TBD.

On October 31st, we will not have Stewards, giving the Bo-Stin kids plenty of time for Halloween tricks and treats. I will send an email next week with details about the following session on November 7th, so stay tuned.

I also have confirmed our date for camping which is November 15th. We have reserved the site. Look for an email to follow with more details on this!

Looking forward to seeing all the kiddos


Week III Fall 2019

Hello All, 
Here we go, ringing in our 3rd week of Stewards in good spirits and with beautiful autumn weather.  I wanted it spend a little bit of time going over my reflections from last week, and getting us set up for this Thursday.  
Last week we loaded up cars and headed out to Commonweal garden for an apple harvest, games, and apple sauce making.  All stewards made it home with a jar of apple sauce from the apples they picked, (which was really delicious and I hope you enjoyed!!), and all of us adults left with big smiles on our faces.  Some highlights were watching the kids climb trees, and haul full wheelbarrows full of apples over to the kitchen; hearing laughter as kids ran around playing games with Will in between batches of applesauce; impromptu knot tying lessons; and hearing what the Mentors and Young Stewards said their favorite memory of the day was at the end of the session.  
This coming week we will be meeting with local expert tracker and author of “The Heart of Tracking” Richard Vacha.  Richard came out for a session last Spring, and loved our kids and had a strong desire to return and work with us again. 

New Session for Fall 2019

We are so excited to announce the start of our 2nd year, beginning Thursday, September 19th, 2019 with our 9 week Fall Session! West Marin 4th-8th graders, come and join us each Thursday between Sept 19th and Nov 21st (minus Halloween!) from 3-6pm! We’ll meet up at the BolinasCampus each week and go on towards adventure from there… The cost is $40 a week or $360 for the series(scholarships available) and includes a healthy snack.

If you would like to support the program please check out our donation page. Become a patron at Pateron https://www.patreon.com/BoStinYSL

Our Program will Be Led by USF Professor Melinda Stone Program Director – Meg Campbell Program Facilitator -Will Hubert

A message from our Program Director

– Meg Campbell

“As we embark on our second year in the Young Stewards of the Land program, one thing is really clear: We cannot practicing stewardship of the land without first practicing stewardship of the self. We have structured the fall program to include exercises, and activities that foster connection to the self first and subsequently the community and the land. Sort of like concentric circles, like the rings of a tree, we will start with the self and move outwards in an intentional way, weaving together empowering activities as well as ceremony on the land in Bolinas. It is our belief that if we connect kids to themselves to help develop a strong, well-rounded sense of self, they will become more invested in their community, and thus more invested in the land we live on. We will move through the Fall and into the winter with deep reverence for the seasons and the natural world that surrounds us here in West Marin.”

Youth Stewardship can lead to Community and Open Doors to Careers

Want to preserve, sustain and protect the local and global ecology? Want to connect to Nature? Or have a passion for Nature?

Youth Stewardship can open doors to unknown or unexpected career paths.

“For many staff members at the Parks Conservancy, the National Park Service (NPS), and the Presidio Trust, their paths to full-time employment started during internships or youth programs offered in our parks. Talk to any ranger or project manager, and you might hear about a history with our supportive park programs.

So that’s what we did: We talked to 13 full-time staffers about their own park roots.”


Family Stewardship Opportunity Sun Feb 17th

Stinson Gulch, Bolinas Lagoon

Sunday 2/17 9:30-2:30pm

Join us to plant native plants to improve riparian habitat amongst stately oaks and buckeye trees.

We’ll pull broom and mulch veldt grass as well in this lovely canyon north of Stinson Beach.

Meet at Willow Camp Trailhead at the parking area in front of the gate off Hwy-1.



Family Stewardship Opportunities Sat 2/23

Young Stewards take your family out for a local opportunity to show what you know, get inspired in caring for the local land and see how your impact, teamed with others, can make great changes.

Three Local Family Stewardship Opportunities

Stinson Beach 10am-1pm


Muir Beach 10am-1pm


Muir Beach 1-3:15pm