Education

Congratulations to our 2022 Environmentalist of the Year Scholarship Winner – Vanessa Richards

Congratulations to our 2022 Environmentalist of the Year Scholarship Winner – Vanessa Richards

Vanessa Richards, a Ghidotti Early College High School Senior, is the 2022 recipient of the Environmentalist of the Year Scholarship. This scholarship, administered by SYRCL, is offered to graduating high school seniors who plan to pursue a degree in the environmental field. Each year, a young river steward from our community is awarded a $4,000 scholarship.

Youth Outdoor Leadership Opportunity (YOLO)
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Youth Outdoor Leadership Opportunity (YOLO)

SYRCL is excited to announce a FREE five-day summer science expedition for local 9th-12th graders to engage in local climate action and watershed restoration efforts!

Apply for our Youth Outdoor Leadership Opportunity (YOLO) Expedition, and if you’re selected, spend a week on a fully funded research expedition studying meadows in Tahoe National Forest alongside real scientists and other students.

Sierra Newts – Amorous Amphibians

Sierra Newts – Amorous Amphibians

Throughout most of the year, the brilliantly colored Sierra newt (Taricha sierrae) lives on land, hunting and eating insects, earthworms, and slugs and hiding from any potential predators in the moist soil beneath rocks and logs. In the winter and spring, however, these members of the family Salamandridae become aquatic, returning to the pond or stream where they were born in search of a good time.