Friends of Berkeley Tuolumne Camp and the California Outdoor Engagement Coalition Awarded $20,000 for Berkeley Youth

The Friends of Berkeley Tuolumne Camp and the California Outdoor Engagement Coalition were awarded a $20,000 UC Chancellor’s Community Partnership Fund Grant to bring Berkeley youth, teens and UC students to the mountains to further their outdoor engagement!

The grant targeted youth and teens who do not regularly get the opportunity to go to the mountains. This funding gave 15 Berkeley teens and youth access to life-changing outdoor experiences through the City of Berkeley’s Echo Lake Camp as CIT’s and for Youth Camp programs.

This program includes alignment with the 2020 Vision for Berkeley’s Children and Youth hands-on leadership by improving equitable access for Berkeley teens to outdoor recreation programs, hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, swimming in mountain lakes, “Leave No Trace” ethics, and trail etiquette, building camp improvement projects, nature study, biology and much more.

Also funded in the grant was 14 UC Berkeley Environmental Fraternity Epsilon Eta students replanting trees on a 2 day trip to the Rim Fire Recovery Area in the Stanislaus National Forest, with an overnight stay, food and travel, gas, and accommodations all paid for at The Rush Creek Lodge. The group planted over 2,000 trees in one day!