The Young Stewards of the Land is an after school program that teaches students skills in self stewardship, land stewardship and community care. Local specialists offer expertise through hands-on, cooperative learning experiences in the West Marin outdoors, empowering students to care for themselves, one another, the land, and the community.
How it works
The program includes layers of mentorship between USF students, middle school students, and elementary students with our Program Coordinators assisting the connections. Each week, participants meet up at the Bolinas campus and then walk to various locations around Bolinas, exploring along the way, and interacting with various community specialists who shine a light on different skills and wonders to be found at the intersection of the human being and the outdoor world.
How it began
After a year of development through the Bolinas-Stinson School Site Council, this program came to life with the support of a partnership with Professor Melinda Stone and the University of San Francisco.
Our program officially began late August, 2018 and provided support to 5th-8th graders every Friday from 3pm-6pm in our Fall Series.
For our Winter / Spring Series 2019, we chose to open it up to our 4th-8th grade classes. We provided partial and full scholarships to those in need. This was made possible through a grant from the West Marin Fund.
Thank you to the West Marin Fund and Bolinas-Stinson School Foundation for making the launch of the program possible for the 2018/2019 school year!
Who we are
The program for 2018-2019 was led by USF Professor Melinda Stone with assisting coordinators Meg Campbell and Ian Mclaird officially joining in Spring of 2019, after shadowing partially through Fall of 2018. Their additional support and ideas have proved to be very supportive and effective.
The Steering Committee of school parents (Meadow Evans, Veena Lucas, Chelsie Fontan-Walker and Lia Sabbatini) support the program by donating their time through regular logistical and visioning meetings about the program, cooking up a delicious, weekly snack for the students, bi-lingual applications, registration, insurance, grant writing, sponsorship requests and many other forms of blood, sweat, and tears! 😉
Local partners include Star Route and Gospel Flat Farms, Commonweal Gardens (Natura) with Anna O’Malley, BPUD Land Stewards, and the Bolinas Land Trust as well as a wealth of local artists, artisans, naturalists, and primitive skills experts bridging community between local youth and local elders.
Activities have included and will continue to include learning about our local flora and fauna, farming, goat tending, fire skills, cooking with the Cobb oven, apple harvesting, outdoor survival and ancestral skills, making herbal 1st aid kits, orienteering, bird watching, animal tracking, shelter building, kayaking, water safety, Fall mid-series campout, and end-of-the-year campout!
We have even more activities in the works for the program!
Big thanks to our Pateron Patrons, the West Marin Fund, Bolinas Stinson School Foundation, and the Marin County Community Service Fund for their support of our program!