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News FLASH!
Wilderness Way recently received third year grant funding from NOAA!

These new funds will be used in four programs in the Lagunitas School
District for the 2008 - 09 school year to continue:
• Existing salmonid and watershed programs and projects in the Lagunitas
School District.
• Expanding the existing program into a comprehensive K-8 program.
• Expanding partnerships to benefit school and community.
• Providing staff development opportunities as well as supplies and
equipment.

The curriculum proposed in each of the District's four programs is being developed with teacher and parent input in order to coordinate with existing program philosophy, goals, objectives and curriculum and meet California curriculum standards. A special thank you to the teachers and parents who encouraged WW to apply.

ABOUT NOAA

In 2006, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) expanded
its Bay Watershed Education and Training program (B-WET) to include the San
Francisco Bay Area. This highly competitive grant program supports existing
environmental education programs, fosters the growth of new programs and
encourages the development of partnerships among environmental programs.

WILDERNESS WAY PARTNERSHIPS AND FUNDING

Partnerships have provided Wilderness Way the opportunity to provide its
expertise and learn from others. These connections have been invaluable in
our efforts to raise awareness and educate students and community about the
wonders of the environment we live in.

Here is a list of Wilderness Way’s partners, including schools, community
organizations and public agencies, and the projects they have funded or
supported followed by a few excerpts from letters of support.

1999
Trout Unlimited - included support and funding for the Steelhead-in-the-Classroom teacher training (free workshop). 2 teachers; 2 all day workshops.
Project: Two incubators for raising steelhead eggs and training materials.

San Geronimo Valley Planning Group - Provided funds to copy the training
manual, "California's Salmon and Steelhead - Teacher's Guide and student
activities Grade K-6" to each teacher and administrator in Lagunitas and San
Geronimo School.
Project: 18 training manuals for 14 teachers, 3 administrators and the
library.

2001
Howard Burkhart Endowment Fund has provided General Support funds annually
since 2001.

2002
Marin Municipal Water District - included funding to produce a Valley Creek
Care Guide produced by 6th and 7th graders at Lagunitas Middle School.
Served 75 students;. Had 16 class meetings and 4 field trips.
Project: Creek Care Guide sent free to all 3800 box holders in the San
Geronimo Valley.

San Geronimo Valley Community Center - Provided funds to assist in printing
and mailing the Creek Care Guide that went to all San Geronimo Valley
residents.

Marin Conservation League - Board donation.
Project: Salmon Crossing signs

2002 & 2003
Lagunitas School Savers - Provided funding for projects, activities and
equipment in the Lagunitas School Dist. to serve 205 students; 9 teachers; 4
aides; 5 parents. Had 132 class meetings; and 20 field trips.
Projects: Steelhead-in-the-Classroom program and journals and related art
and poetry. Native Miwok crafts, games; Built a tule boat; Stories; Wishing
Poles; Salmon Life Cycle books; drawings; monitoring steelhead growth with
Video-Flex; Native Plants shoe garden. Salmon Festival. Film documentary.

2003
California State Parks - Provided funds to make salmon crossing signs in
Samuel P. Taylor Park on Earth Day 2003. 27 students; 3 teachers, 7 class
meetings and 2 field trips.
Project: Made 27 signs for 4 Park bridges and the Park’s entry kiosk.

2004
Marin Municipal Water Dist. - Provided funds for a new incubator for the
Steelhead-in-the-Classroom program.

LEAP (formerly Lagunitas School Savers) Funds directed to Wilderness Way by
Middle School teachers for science, social studies, art and poetry projects.

Fairfax Volunteers - Funded "trout crossing" signs for six bridges in
Fairfax made by students from Oak Manor School. 27 students, 3 teachers,
4 parents, 7 class meetings; and 2 field trips.
Project: Made 27 crossing signs and a film documentary.

Wildlife & Fisheries - Provided monies for books, tools and a film
documentary of the day lighting project at Woodacre Creek. Included 67
students, 4 teachers; 2 documentary film field trips; 8 plant restoration
field trips and 8 class meetings. In addition there was 1 day preparing for
a celebration and day student/community celebration.
Project: Cared for 200 native plants in the Wilderness Way nursery; 175
plants were planted and 75 gel packs installed. Students made fish mobiles,
made salmon drawings; wrote haiku; wishing poles; salmon quilt; salmon
cookies.

2005
Oak Manor School Partnership funded a film documentary of the Salmon
Crossing Sign program, Steelhead in the Classroom program and a community
service project.

Wildlife & Fisheries - Provided funds for salmon crossing signs. 24 Middle
School students involved. Signs placed on the Lagunitas School campus, at
the daylighting project in Woodacre and in Taylor Park. Additional signs
will be installed at bridges over migratory routes in San Geronimo,
Woodacre, Forest Knolls and Lagunitas.

LEAP (formerly Lagunitas School Savers) Funds directed to Wilderness Way by
Middle School teachers for science, social studies, art and poetry projects.

Lagunitas School District Middle School - Steelhead-in-the-Classroom
Program. Taught elective: Salmon Crossing signs. Made a film documentary.

2005 & 2006
County of Marin - Funded two restoration projects at Lagunitas School and
planting natives for the day lighting project on Woodacre Creek (County
provided 200 native plants, gel packs, landscaping and flat bottomed culvert
construction plans for student use as well as tools). 97 Middle School
students removed exotics and made 10 field trips to do plant restoration and
one field trip to install salmon Crossing signs. (See Wildlife & Fisheries
grant)

Marin County Fair - Kid’s Day at the annual 4th of July event.
Project: WW provided Native American Indian games, pump drills and craft
supplies to create shell/bead necklaces. Displayed watershed model of the
San Geronimo Valley and film documentary of Lagunitas School students
building the model.

2006
Montessori PTA - Received funding for a K-5 spring environmental education
program.
97 students, 6 teachers and 2 aides. There were 42 class meetings and 16
field trips. Projects: Steelhead-in-the-Classroom program; drawings; charts;
graphs; stories; tracking skills and track identity; plaster casts;
topography/land forms lectures; creation of a watershed model; assessed
impact of New Year’s storm on watershed and assessed fish health in drying
pools.

Lagunitas School District Middle School - Steelhead-in-the-Classroom
Program. Taught elective: Secret Salmon Sites. Made a film documentary.

NOAA grant - Received first year funding.
Project: a comprehensive, articulated watershed/salmonid program for grades
K - 8 in four programs in the Lagunitas School District. Expansion of
existing program and partnerships.

2007
Schwab Charitable Fund - Grant for general purposes.

Salmon Run - Sponsored by Good Earth Natural & Organic Foods, the San
Geronimo Valley Community Center and the Valley Liohs Club. Benefit for
Wilderness Way programs.

Wildlife & Fisheries Advisory Committee - Provided funds to repair two
incubators.

NOAA (National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration) - Provided 2nd year
funding for Middle School, Montessori, Waldorf and Open Classroom programs
in the Lagunitas School District.

Lagunitas School Dist.
Middle School Program parents and teachers provided funds for WW
programs.
Montessori program parents and teachers provided funds toward
Environmental Living Program.
Lagunitas School Dist. provided funds for WW to teach Electives: “Secret
Salmon Sites” and Native American Flute music class.

Dennis & Carol Ann Rockey Fund - Provided funds for WW's ongoing education
program.

2008
Howard Burkhart Endowment Fund - Grant for general purposes.

Wildlife & Fisheries Advisory Committee - Provided funds to help upgrade our
watershed models and assist in sending local mailer.

NOAA (National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration) - Provided 3rd year
funding for Middle School, Montessori, Waldorf and Open Classroom programs
in the Lagunitas School District.

Lagunitas School Dist.
Middle School Program parents and teachers provided funds for WW
programs.
Montessori program parents and teachers provided funds toward
Environmental Living Program.
Lagunitas School Dist. provided funds for WW to teach Electives: “Secret
Salmon Sites” and Native American Flute music class.

 

OTHER SUPPORT


2003 - 2008
Warm Springs Fish Hatchery - for steelhead egg pickup and release. Three
classes of approximately 24 students each participated. This includes 3
teachers, 1 aide, 4 volunteers (usually parents) and 2 field trips. Film
documentary..

2007
Thanks to YouthGive for including Wilderness Way in their Inaugural Edition
-- Guide to Giving in Marin (pg. 3l). YouthGive ia a nonprofit
organization that supports young people who want to make a difference
locally and globally. A special thanks to the 7th - 8th grade NET class at
Mill Valley Middle School and authors: Cesar Ayala, Ben Beecroft, and
Carina Albizures. Visit their web site at www.youthgive.org.


SUPPORTERS

Following are excerpts from letters by Wilderness Way supporters:

". . . These hands on activities and projects actually protect the habitat,
and species of special concern, through the actions (or avoidance of
actions) these children take at school and in their community. Another
beauty of Wilderness Way is how it weaves respect for native culture (and
the cultural diversity, in general) with art, and the environment into an
exciting, fun and inspirational way for children. . . I am an outside
observer duly impressed with not only the marvelous accomplishments of the
Wilderness Way program, but that they have succeeded with little financial
resources. I am pleased to learn that they are seeking donations and grant
funding."

Todd Steiner, Director - SPAWN (Salmon Protection and Watershed Network)

". . . I wanted to thank you for all your amazing efforts, energy, time and
wisdom that you so unselfishly share with our community. We are so blessed
to have you reaching out so frequently with such enriched education and
enlightenment about our local environment. You have inspired our children
with hands on projects and programs and effect us all as we hear your words
of wisdom and awareness. . .”

Kelly Lawson, Parent and Community member

". . . I have "seen it all. And yet just this year, I saw and participated
in a most unique,
successful and wonderful program developed by two local, energetic and
caring community members, — Jean and Paul Berensmeier. They call their
program, Wilderness Way. They volunteered each week for at least an hour
over a 3 month period and introduced my students to such activities as
making willow wishing poles for calling the coho salmon back to our local
creek, storytelling and art to teach about the life cycle of the salmon and
various cultural aspects of indigenous Peoples of North America. They
modeled the Indian Way of doing things and expected the students to be
respectful of this -- so, of course they were. They even taught animal
tracking and made casts of animal tracks. . . The activities led up to
building a tule boat, including making cordage in the native way, and other
artifacts from tule. These students are some of the only students in
modern-day California ever to build and float a Miwok tule boat -- and they
will NEVER forget that experience. This key experience will influence their
learning and behavior for years to come. . ."

Molly Whiteley, educator, parent and community member.
Molly formerly taught in the Open Classroom and Montessori program in the
Lagunitas School District and was an adjunct faculty member at San Francisco
State University in the Elementary Education Dept. She is currently a principal.

In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks. John Muir

 

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