Photo by Friends of Berkeley Tuolumne Camp
UCB Chancellor’s Community Partnership Grant!
The California Outdoor Engagement Coalition and the Friends of Berkeley Tuolumne Camp (FOBTC) have partnered to receive a $20,000 grant award from the UC Chancellor’s Office. The funding will support an outdoor engagement and environmental stewardship program for Berkeley Youth and Teens, and also, a special weekend trip for UC Berkeley Students!
100% of the awarded funding will go towards 30 teens and youth to have life-changing outdoor experiences through the City of Berkeley’s Echo Lake Camp as CITs and for Youth Camp programs. The program will expand equitable access for Berkeley teens by providing hands-on leadership opportunities, hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, swimming in mountain lakes, “Leave No Trace” ethics, trail etiquette, building camp improvement projects, nature study, biology and much more.
The grant will afford a group of UC Berkeley students the chance to join FOBTC and the USFS volunteers in a weekend Tree Re-planting trip to the Rim Fire Recovery Area in the Stanislaus National Forest.
Berkeley’s Tuolumne Camp was destroyed in The Rim Fire, along with 247,000 acres of forest, in 2013. FOBTC has been actively replanting the area in advance of the rebuilding of the camp, slated to open in 2022.