At Direct Involvement Recreation Teaching, DIRT, we believe that one of the best ways to learn how to do something is to do it, physically. It is in that spirit we are embarking on the creation of the Skyrman Land Steward Program. This program is designed as a collaborative learning process that invites each participant to share their unique contributions and culture to the program. Our intention is to include all ages with a focus on youth education, mentorship and community participation in order to connect a diverse group of people that want to learn about our local watershed and creatively problem solve how to enhance and protect it.
The Skyrman Arboretum, having an array of mature shrubs and trees native to the Pacific Northwestern Region, will be our home base to learn and practice stewardship skills. We will also use this space to support propagation and restoration work along Bear Creek.
We will spend time observing the plants and trees at the arboretum space, learn how to recognize and respect the native flora and fauna, and engage in placemaking as a community. We will immerse ourselves in our local community's assets, inspiration, and potential, with the intention of improving our natural environment while promoting peoples' health, happiness, and well-being.
This program is an ongoing exploration together. As we build our relationship to the local watershed we want to create a supportive and engaged connection. It is in that spirit that we ask if you are interested in this program please email us so we can work together and develop a schedule that work for current interested parties. Historically we have met one weekend a month.