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Truckee Donner Land Trust open space isn't just important for conservation, the environment, public access and recreation - it's important as a living, breathing classroom for students to get out and experience the natural world.

Earlier this summer, a Donner Trail Elementary class concluded a lesson by releasing Lahontan Cutthroat Trout into the North Fork of Prosser Creek in Lower Carpenter Valley.

Later this summer, the Headwater Science Institute will host a Girls Science Camp at Webber Lake. Gateway Mountain Center utilizes Land Trust lands for many of its programs, as does the Tahoe Institute for Natural Science. The Sugar Pine Foundation brings students out to plant sugar pine on Land Trust property, and each year the Land Trust donates to a scholarship with the Sagehen Experimental Forest for local students.

The importance of getting children out into these wild places is becoming increasingly clear, so keeping open space preserved and accessible will become more important for future generations. To host an educational event on Land Trust property, email

Greyson Howard