- Ambassador: Jun 6-8, 2014
- Tahoe National Forest Bird Festival
- Tahoe National Forest: Fallen Leaf Lake
Students from Generation Green Central California Consortium helped facilitate the Tahoe National Forest's "Wild Weekend."
Since Generation Green is a U.S. Forest Service program, the Central California Consortium was invited by their counterparts at the Northern California Consortium to come help out at the event. The first day was the Bird Festival.
Students helped with set-up and clean-up, posted signs, gave directions to interpretive walks, and hosted booths, including the bird migration game, the information table, the kids' craft and coloring table, and the art contest voting booth. In the words of one student, "From this project, I've learned that many people love and protect the wilderness. I always assumed it was a handful of people, but that's wrong. I also learned to work together, not against each other because they are all you have."
After breaking down the bird festival, the group was tired, and they soaked their feet in the cool waters of Lake Tahoe. That evening, the students worked on their teambuilding skills by playing a couple of group games, including a challenge to flip a tarp upside down while still standing on it. Afterward, many students said they learned important skills about teamwork. One student said, "I learned to work together always, even how hard a situation gets because working together is easier than not."
The next morning, students returned to help set up, clean up, and host booths again, but this time for the Native Species Festival.