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Forest Service seeking volunteers for 2017 snowshoe program at Heavenly Mountain Resort

The U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit is seeking volunteers for the 2017 Winter Trek Conservation Education program.
Courtesy / U.S. Forest Service |

The U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU) is seeking volunteers for the 2017 Winter Trek Conservation Education program that starts in January at Heavenly Mountain Resort near Stateline.

The Forest Service is seeking individuals who can volunteer a minimum of four hours per day, one day per week beginning Jan. 10 and continuing through March 30. Winter Trek takes place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Volunteers should be able to snowshoe for at least 90 minutes at an elevation of 9,100 feet without difficulty. Snowshoes are provided.

This 3-hour education program is lead by a Forest Service ranger through the wilderness. Students learn about snowshoe skills and forest ecology, while fulfilling science, language, social science and physical education requirements for a fifth-grade curriculum.

Experience working with kids is highly recommended and volunteers should be comfortable speaking to large groups. Knowledge of Sierra Nevada natural history is a plus. Reliable transportation to the transit center in Stateline is required and volunteers must attend a mandatory training session in early January.

Winter Trek is a cooperative effort between the U.S. Forest Service, Heavenly Mountain Resort, the Tahoe Heritage Foundation and the city of South Lake Tahoe’s Explore Tahoe Visitor Center.

The Forest Service started accepting reservations for the 2017 Winter Trek Conservation Education program this past Monday, Dec. 12. Fifth-grade teachers may reserve a spot by calling 530-543-2600, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

For more information, contact Jean Norman by email at jdnorman@fs.fed.us.


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