Posts Tagged: conservation events


For our schools that have already attended, we know that you love and miss garbology (the study of food waste).  For our schools yet to come, we hope you’re getting excited, but why should we keep this important program all to ourselves?! Why not bring Garbology and conservation back to your schools, homes, and local communities?!  To help get you started, you should check out this fun website that talks about garbology:

We graph our food waste for the week on our Garbology chart.

We graph our food waste for the week on our Garbology chart.

The compost pile on the left is still being added to, while the pile on the left is almost ready for our spring planting!

The compost pile on the left is still being added to, while the pile on the right is ready for spring planting!







Talk to your family about studying what you throw away each week.  Then, you can see if you can reduce the amount of waste going to a landfill by looking at what can be REUSED, COMPOSTED, or RECYCLED.  You can find a list of things that can be recycled by looking at your city’s waste and recycling website.

You can bring garbology to your school by encouraging your classmates to look at what they are throwing away at lunch and in the classrooms.  Just like at Pathfinder, the waste from your lunches can be sorted into recycling, compost, and trash.  If you do not have recycling or composting at your school, you can ask your teachers and your principal to help you start these programs.  You can also talk to your school about signing up for a cool program called TerraCycle.  TerraCycle is a company that accepts a variety of used school and office items like empty juice pouches, empty Lunchable containers, and even pens so that they can be made into new products.  You can sign up for this at

Luna is showing us some of the items we TerraCycle.

Luna is showing us some of the items we TerraCycle.

Good luck and see you down the trail!

-Pathfinder Ranch Naturalists

May Events in Southern California

Thanks to Mike for this great list of opportunities in Southern California to keep the fun going.

If you loved coming to Pathfinder Ranch, there are more chances to have fun learning experiences in your own community.  These are just a sample of the many fun and exciting events going on throughout southern California in May.

Saturday, May 4th, 2013
Wetlands Tours
8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Hemet, CA

Join us and share the opportunity to view hundreds of ibises, egrets, and blackbirds and many other migratory and resident birds in their natural habitat.

Located on the grounds of the San Jacinto Valley Regional Water Reclamation Facility, this multi-purpose constructed wetlands “polishes” recycled water before it is distributed to nearby farms, dairies and the San Jacinto Wildlife Area for irrigation and additional environmental uses.

More info at:

Nora’s Children’s Art Classes
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
San Diego, CA

Nora’s Art Classes for children ages 4-14 are being offered by artist Nora Kearney-Johnson on most Saturdays through December. Classes are from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. at the Mission Trails Visitor Center. Each class is a different topic and children may take home their art project each week. All art supplies are included.

More info at:

Sunday, May 5th, 2013
First Sundays - 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Riverside, CA

First Sundays is a seasonal series of free family programs featuring different activities for children and teens at six different location in downtown: Riverside Metropolitan Museum, Mission Inn Museum, Riverside Art Museum, Riverside Public Library, UCR ArtsBlock, and Riverside Fox Theater Foundation. Sponsored by the Riverside Arts Council.

More info at:

Saturday, May 18th, 2013
Jr. Trail Guides Explorer Program: Cahuilla Indian Culture and other Important Historical Influences
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Palm Desert, CA

Travel back in time as we learn about some of the early people and events that happened right here in the National Monument. Be prepared to get your hands dirty as we dig into the past and earn the “Keeping History Alive” badge.

More info at:

Sunday, May 26, 2013
Family Discovery Walk
3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
San Diego, CA

Join MTRP Trail Guides, Jennifer Douglas and Marcia Stoner, on a guided walk every other month to the Kumeyaay grinding rocks site. Along the way, discover the many seasonal changes that occur here in the park throughout the year. These 90-minute walks provide an essential opportunity for parents and their children to get outdoors and spend some quality time together in nature.