Outdoor Equity Fund Awards Grant to Silver City Watershed Keepers for Summer Camp Program
By Leigh Jenkins, SCWK Coordinator
“I’m bored.” As most parents can attest, this is a common complaint from kids everywhere during summer vacation. Unfortunately, here in Grant County, there are very limited opportunities for children to get outdoors during the summer school vacation when parents are working and kids are at home looking for something to do.
The Silver City Watershed Keepers (SCWK) Summer Camp Program intends to fill this void by providing low-income youth with summertime outdoor experiences that will foster stewardship and respect for our area’s lands, waters, and cultural heritage.
Funded through a 2021 Outdoor Equity Grant from the New Mexico Outdoor Recreation Division, SCWK will provide four week-long summer camps for 80 – 100 children in Grant County, increasing campers’ affinity for nature, the outdoors, and the area’s cultural heritage through guiding of direct experiences in the Silver City and the Mimbres River watersheds, including San Vicente Creek in Silver City, the Mimbres River in San Lorenzo, and the Gila National Forest.
The summer camps will take place in both Bayard and Silver City in June of 2022.
If you’d like to get involved as a volunteer, please contact Leigh Jenkins at 575.538.8078 or firstname.lastname@example.org