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    Bureau of Reclamation and C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation produce smiles and fun at 16 events across the Western United States

    The Bureau of Reclamation hosted 17 C.A.S.T for Kids events at reservoirs across the western United States. This year, 516 children had fun riding on boats, learning and trying to catch fish, and some actually having the excitement of catching some fish. To make this a successful year, 786 volunteers plus 311 boat volunteers made events possible this year. C.A.S.T. for Kids events provide a free opportunity for children with disabilities and/or disadvantages to experience real, accessible fishing excursions, chartered by volunteer boat captains who donate their time, smiles, and boats for one day fishing trips. Read More →

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    Winters Salmon Festival a Hit!

    Reclamation park rangers from Lake Berryessa joined the Solano County Water Agency, Solano County Parks, and Putah Creek Council to celebrate the second Winters Salmon Festival in November. The event was held at Rotary Park in downtown Winters, Calif. The celebration started a week before the event was held, when fourth graders from Shirley Rominger Intermediate School joined our park rangers for a morning of education programs at Lake Solano County Park. While learning about salmon and their return to Putah Creek, students hiked local watersheds, caught and identified aquatic invertebrates, and studied fish adaptations. The field trip concluded with a picnic lunch in the park. Read More →

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    Kayakers take to the water at Lake Berryessa

    During 2017, Lake Berryessa park rangers led several exciting kayak tours around the lake. These tours were an up close and personal opportunity for visitors to experience the lake’s many beautiful sights. Paddlers got to observe bald eagles and ospreys fishing and deer roaming the shoreline. As they explored, the participants also learned about the natural and human history of Lake Berryessa, why the reservoir was built and how the water is used. Read More →

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    People of Reclamation: Meet Anellise Deters, Civil Engineer

    The Bureau of Reclamation employs some of the best and brightest engineers in the world; one of whom, is Anellise Deters, a Civil Engineer based in the Great Plains Regional Office in Billings, Montana. She started her career as a summer intern while attending Utah State University, where she completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering, with an emphasis on Structural Engineering. Learn More →

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Ranger leading a youth program at New Melones Reservoir. Every Kid in a Park

As part of the commitment to protect our nation’s unique outdoor spaces and ensure that every American has the opportunity to visit and enjoy them, the Every Kid in a Park program allows fourth graders nationwide to go to www.everykidinapark.gov and obtain a pass for free entry for them and their families to more than 2,000 federally managed lands and waters nationwide for an entire year.

By introducing fourth graders to public lands in their backyards and beyond at an early age, the innovative Every Kid in a Park program delivers a nationwide call to action to build the next generation of outdoor stewards of our country’s spectacular and diverse federal lands and waters. Connecting our nation’s youth to the great outdoors is even more important at a time when 80 percent of American families live in cities and most children spend more time on computers and smartphones than exploring nature. The initiative is slated to continue with each year’s group of fourth graders to inspire successive generations to become responsible stewards of our nation’s natural and cultural heritage.

Every Kid in a Park invites children of all backgrounds to discover their public lands and all they offer, including opportunities to be active and spend time with friends and family. As living classrooms, these outdoor places and historic sites also provide hands-on, real-world opportunities to develop critical skills and learn about the natural world. Learn More →


Last Updated: 1/10/18