Big Bear, Ca, October 26, 2011, 12:00pm – The National Forest Association is seeking volunteers to help educate and inspire the next generation of kids to be healthy and active forest stewards.  Volunteers are needed in the Big Bear area that are interested in leading educational and fun snowshoe tours for 6th grade science students.  The program is called Pathways to Stewardship, and is offered by the Forest Association to the 6th grade students in the Bear Valley and Rim of the World Unified School Districts.  Volunteers will lead and teach students about basic forest ecology including plants, animals and scientific concepts.  No experience in necessary as comprehensive training is provided for volunteers.  “Kids today spend less time outdoors than any previous generation,” stated Stacy Gorin, the National Forest Association Programming Director.  “Community involvement is key to the health and well being of our youth…Being active and learning outside has been shown to increase students science test scores by 27%.”  Gorin added.  Those interested in volunteering can attend the volunteer training session this Sunday October 30th from 9:00am to 3:30pm at the Discovery Center.  For more information call 909 915 5291.

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