P-CREW (Plumas Conservation, Restoration, and Education in Watersheds) participants work 40 hours a week over a five-week session, implementing on-ground conservation projects overseen by crew leaders and resource professionals.
Projects involve a specialist from partnering agencies who instruct and clarify procedures, goals, and expectations on the first day. Specialists share the science behind a project and how it impacts the forest, wildlife, and watershed. Specialists also talk about their career path and actions they took to obtain their current professional position. This is an opportunity for students to learn the importance of networking as well as hear about various natural resource career pathways. P-CREW is a partnership program of Sierra Institute for Community and Environment, Plumas and Lassen National Forests and the Feather River Land Trust.
We are excited your child is interested in living, working, playing and learning in the Northern Sierra Nevada this summer. P-CREW has four experienced leaders for 2018 who will guide the crew in completing several valuable restoration projects in areas impacted by forest fires and severe winter weather as well as educational lessons in the evenings and recreation trips on weekends.
All crew members will earn Basic First Aid and CPR certifications and be trained in field safety protocol. In addition, all field crew leaders and Sierra Institute support staff are Wilderness First Responder certified (click here for more info) and have experience administering first aid in remote settings. At least one crew leader on each team also has a lifeguard certificate.
Furthermore, each crew is equipped with a SPOT Device. This is a GPS unit that can alert search and rescue in case of a life or death emergency. The search and rescue crew will be given the exact location of the crew and immediate help will be deployed. The Spot Device also alerts the P-CREW office staff that the crew is OK, by the leaders pushing the ok button each afternoon as they return to their camp from work.
Please know that the crew members will be unable to text or call home on a regular basis as service is spotty and electronics are discouraged. We realize this may be difficult for you, but it’s part of the P-CREW experience. There will be weekly parent updates in the form of an e-mail or blog so you are kept in the loop on your child’s activities. They will call home, from our office, when they come in for resupplies. That schedule is not confirmed as of this date.
Feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.
We thoroughly enjoyed having your child with us for the P-CREW adventure. We realize without you, they would not have had the opportunity to be part of P-CREW, and your voice and opinion is important. As we solicit for partnerships, funders, and grants for future years of P-CREW, we could use your help. We would love to hear any thoughts or comments you have regarding your child’s experience and have included a short questionnaire for you to complete.Donate