The temperature was maybe 30 degrees Fahrenheit in the sun, but the wind made it feel much colder. Students, used to much warmer temperatures, shook off the cold and hiked up one of the Mono Basin’s most dramatic classrooms: Panum Crater.
Hosted by the Mono Lake Committee and Communities for a Better Environment (CBE), these 12 students came from Los Angeles for a week of programs and activities at the Mono Basin Outdoor Education Center (OEC). After getting their hands on Mono Basin geology, the students helped rehabilitate the trail up to the crater dome, blocking access to unsafe user trails, and restoring a portion of the main trail against erosion and shortcuts. These students are already familiar with service work since they all are active in CBE youth programs, which stress empowerment and taking action for the benefit of their communities.
This is the last group of the 2012 OEC season, and the third CBE group to travel to Mono Lake this year. Great things happen at Mono Lake, in the field, and this week is another example of people, agencies, and organizations coming together for education and stewardship. The Mono Lake Committee, Communities for a Better Environment, the Water Repleneshment District of Southern California, the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power, and the Inyo National Forest all helped to make this week a great experience for 12 students—all excited to see how far their watershed reaches, and to understand how they are connected.