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Yreka Fish and Wildlife Office Connecting People with Nature

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A connection with nature, whether it’s hiking, fishing, camping, hunting, or simply being outside, helps people develop positive attitudes and behaviors towards the environment.  Positive interactions with the environment as children can lead to a life-long interest in enjoying and preserving nature.  People’s interest in nature is crucial to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) mission of conserving, protecting, and enhancing fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats.

Book:  Last Child In The Woods, Author Richard Louv In 2005, Richard Louv, author of “Last Child in the Woods – (Saving our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder,” shared his research findings on the value of connecting people with nature with the USFWS, prompting us to consider how our mission is being threatened by the American public’s declining interaction with nature.  In response to this challenge, the USFWS adopted, “Connecting People with Nature: Ensuring the Future of Conservation” as one of its six national priorities.  The USFWS has made a commitment to expand its efforts to create opportunities for people to become involved in a positive way with the natural world, encouraging a personal stake in the care of our natural resources.

The Yreka Fish and Wildlife Office (Yreka FWO) created a Connecting People with Nature (CPWN) program to engage the people and communities of Siskiyou County in nature-related activities.  
Jennifer Jones, FWS biologist, teaching students from Jackson Street School about riparian ecosystems at the French Creek Outdoor School.  USFWS Photo



Annual CPWN Activity Reports

Nature Walk Flyer (Previous Walks)

10 Things to Do

                                                                                                   

To learn about the USFWS "Let's Go Outside" initiative to connect children with nature, click here.