During the last week of the year, Sierra Institute’s Plumas Conservation Restoration and Education in Watersheds — PCREW — alumni from the summer program reunited for four days in Taylorsville where they originally met.
Youth from over 10 schools and five counties came together over the holiday break for the fourth annual reunion — but the first to be held in Taylorsville. It was held at the former Taylorsville Elementary School building.
The alumni spent four days, Dec. 27 through 30, on a variety of activities.
They snowshoed in Lassen Volcanic National Park and learned avalanche safety from a former P-CREW leader, Patty Llamas.
They explored an old mine, played games, took part in discussions on wildfire and interview tips and participated in a Community Clean Up in Indian Valley. They worked at three locations around the valley picking up 3,200 pieces of trash, reporting that small plastics were the bulk of trash left at Greenville Park, Main Street in Taylorsville and the Greenville High School campus.
IVA student Avery McIntyre, a participant in last summer’s crew, said, “The reunion was a blast. It was great to see familiar faces and some not so familiar faces, but everyone had something in common. Snowshoeing was definitely my favorite part. I got to relive what had happened the prior summer and make some new friends.”
Sierra Institute’s PCREW will be recruiting in local high schools in March. Applications will be available on its website at pcrew.sierrainstitute.us/apply/. There will be two summer sessions: June 17 through July 18, and July 23 through Aug. 23.