Mountains Restoration Trust
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
November 10: Put your running shoes on and run a 5k or 10k for the MRT team at the 10th annual Calabasas Classic.
The Santa Monica Mountains, a unique transverse range, running along the western edge of Los Angeles County`s LA Basin and the San Fernando Valley and ending in Ventura County, represents the collision of urban sprawl and the wild, producing enclaves that neither belong entirely to the city nor to the mountains.
For more than 30 years Mountains Restoration Trust (MRT) has worked to preserve, protect and restore this fragile ecosystem by offering responsible preservation and restoration programs, acquiring resource-rich land, and offering educational and recreational activities to the public.
Summer 2013 Nature Writing Anthology
This summer, local journalist and author Penelope Grenoble and Mountains Restoration Trust offered a month-long nature writing workshop for teens. Inspired by nature surrounding the Headwaters Corner, Penelope worked with three local teenagers to develop these amazing stories. Nick, who will be a freshman this fall at Agoura Hills High School, shared his knowledge of local flora and fauna with the group. In his final essay, he took on the persona of a gnarly old oak tree. Tynann, who will be a junior at Oak Park High School, got the group thinking about the self-imposed barriers that separate humans from nature. She started writing about two worlds that never connect and ended up writing an intimate first-person essay about the power of wonder. And Gabby, who will be a freshman at Viewpoint School, inspired her fellow writers with her desire to travel and expand her awareness, understanding and empathy. Gabby wrote about the freedom and privilege of wandering.
Read these amazing stories below:
by Tynnan Bodily
Junior, Oak Park High School
An Oaken Murmur
by Nick Lloyd
Freshman, Agoura High School
by Gabriella Privitelli
Freshman, Viewpoint School
Local journalist and author Penelope Grenoble, PhD, has 30 years of experience covering environmental issues in Southern California. She has received three Los Angeles Press Club Awards, is a USC Annenberg Journalism Fellowship and is an author of two books featuring the landscape of Malibu and the Santa Monica Mountains. She teaches writing workshops for teens and adults and is a guest lecturer at USC and Cal State Northridge. To be placed on a contact list for next year`s teen writing workshop, please send your contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Jane Goodall and Pierce Brosnan visit to MRT
To view the video of their visit to MRT click here : Dr. Jane Goodall and Pierce Brosnan visit MRT
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