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Connecting to nature during challenging times

To help ensure that Feather River Land Trust staff and community stay healthy, the FRLT team will be working remotely and limiting time in the Quincy office for the next two weeks.

FRLT staff will continue to work on many land protection projects, collaborate with partners, and care for preserves. They are actively monitoring, adapting and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic as best as they are able. Call FRLT at 283-5758 if you have questions or want to know about public access on their preserves.

According to FRLT representatives, “One of the great things about living and working in the Feather River region is that we do have outdoor places to enjoy while social distancing. If you are at home during this time there are several wonderful ways to connect to nature without traveling far. Try birding from your windows or back yard, step out to measure the snow and look for animal tracks, or sketch your favorite tree. During this challenging time one thing is clear — we are all connected and we have power to care for each other and the places we love.”

April events postponed

The Sierra Valley Preserve West Entrance Celebration scheduled April 4 is canceled.

Due to recommendations and group meeting restrictions from local, state and federal agencies regarding COVID-19, FRLT is postponing all community programs and activities through April 30. “The health and safety of our community is our primary concern. Stay safe, wash hands, and enjoy nature while practicing social distancing,” added FRLT staff.

Field Journaling

Looking for an educational, engaging, and stimulating activity for you and your kids? FRLT’s Learning Landscapes Coordinator Rob Wade, has a great suggestion for this stay-at-home time. Take up field journaling.

Field journaling is a method of observing, exploring, and documenting the natural world around you. All you need is a pencil and a piece of paper, your senses, and curiosity (colored pencils and pens are fun too).

Making art or creating a picture perfect drawing is not the goal, rather you are “externalizing your thinking” by jotting down notes and illustrations about something in nature that grabs your interest. It can be a pine cone, a flock of birds, or a mountain slope. There are no right or wrong ways to field journal.

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