Nothing like a winter trip to the beach. Sierra Institute hosts a P-CREW-member reunion at Point Reyes during the last week of December. Top row, from left: Ja'Meka Crosby, Armon Owens, Taylor Bruzza, Theresa Caporale, Nyarah Breed, Johana Lopez and Diana Trujano. Middle row, from left: Ashley Bomar, Gale Renouf, Amy Hafsrud, Guisselle Salas Mata and Haydee Lopez. Bottom row, from left: Stella McCann and Karina Montes De Oca. Photo submitted

Sierra Institute’s summer P-Crew reunites for winter fun

Who doesn’t love a beach trip in the deep mid-winter? Sierra Institute’s P-CREW team reunited 12 students from its summer program for a brief trip to Point Reyes.

“This winter we were able to bring 12 of them together for a night hike, a beach day with naturalists, pizza and cookie making and games. This was a time to reflect on and debrief their P-CREW experience and how it is affecting them today,” said Ashley Bomar, the P-CREW coordinator at Sierra Institute.

Last summer, the P-CREW program (Plumas Conservation Restoration and Education in Watershed) sponsored three sessions.

The program is a “high school intern conservation corps where a mix of urban and rural students spend five weeks camping, working, learning and playing together in Plumas and Lassen national forests,” according to Bomar.

The trip took place in the last week of December where the group stayed at the Point Reyes Hostel, 2 miles from the beach.

“We performed a beach cleanup in order to earn a free night at the hostel through the Great Hostel Give Back Program, and received a scholarship through the Outdoor Hostel Adventure program so our students could participate in naturalist led activities such as the solo night hike,” said Bomar.

In reconnecting with P-CREW alumni, Sierra Institute was able to track what alumni of the program are doing now and what their field of study interests in college have become since the program.The Feather River Chapter of Bread for the Journey supplied funding to assist P-CREW in its endeavor.