Sunrise light on a grove of tufa towers emerging from the water of Mono Lake with soft green and dusty-red wild grasses in the foreground, Canada geese in the shallow water with reflections of the rocky towers, and desert hills in the distance.

Mono Basin Outdoor Education Center staff on the ground in Los Angeles

This post was written by Elina Rios, 2014 Los Angeles Watershed Education Coordinator.

Early spring is outreach season for the Outdoor Education Center staff—the OEC crew convenes in Los Angeles to meet and visit groups that are interested in joining us for the 2014 season at the Mono Basin Outdoor Education Center program.

We presented to entire schools….

Herley Jim and Santiago speak at EcoAcademy High School from LA Education Corps.

….and worked in small groups.

Meeting with leaders from Kid City South Park.

We had the opportunity to meet new groups like an environmental justice community group Pacoima Beautiful.

Santiago speaks at Pacoima Beautiful’s youth program meeting.

We were welcomed back by old friends and had a great time with some of our previous students.

A handmade poster welcoming us back!
Herley Jim leads a song and dance with some of our former OEC students.

We enjoyed the different schools’ personalities:

Port of Los Angeles High School’s skateboard parking section.

One of the biggest highlights was getting time to enjoy the outdoors that LA has to offer.

Elina (left) with Outward Bound Adventures’ leadership training staff.
Jorge Lopez, leader of Roosevelt High School’s OEC group, looking out over LA from Debs Park. Photos by Elina Rios.

We had great success during our outreach month and can’t wait to start the new season in May. Keep up with the Outdoor Education Center on Facebook this spring!