In 2016 Take It Outside California! had 30 organizations participate with over 50 events across the state. These events attracted over 6000 participants, and over 60% of those participants being first-time attendees to that organization’s events. This year we hope to have even more organizations and community members participate and enjoy the benefits of getting outside on California’s beautiful protected lands.
One outstanding event that deserves to be recognized from 2016 was Mojave Desert Land Trust‘s event: From Military Service to Green Service Volunteer Workday.
Mojave Desert Land Trust (MDLT) hosted a volunteer work day on conserved land in the Rodman Mountains Wilderness, near Barstow. They partnered with Victor Valley College Veterans Resource Center, Conservation Land Foundation, California Conservation Corps, and Bureau of Land Management to arrange the day and had over 40 veterans come out to plant native plant species and install signs and kiosks in the area. One of the volunteers said of the event: “As former members of the military we take pride not only in our service to our country, we are also proud to have the opportunity to work alongside other veterans on land projects in the desert landscape.”
For more information see the article written after the event in The Desert Sun.