More than 30 children from the Bishop Paiute Tribe are getting the opportunity to tour National Park Service units under the “Ticket to Ride” program of the Service’s “Call to Action.”
Devils Postpile National Monument recently partnered with the Bishop Paiute Tribe and the National Park Foundation to bring fourth and fifth grade students from Bishop’s Elm-Pine Street School to Cabrillo National Monument.
During their visit to San Diego the students learned about Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo’s historic voyage and had a guided tour of the historic Old Point Loma Lighthouse with rangers and volunteers in 19th century period dress. They also enjoyed whale watching from the park’s Kelp Forest Overlook.
Prior to visiting Cabrillo, the students completed classroom activities that taught them about similarities and differences between parks in their backyards such as Devils Postpile and urban parks like Cabrillo. These activities were coordinated by rangers from Devils Postpile National Monument and staff from the tribe.
“This trip is an example of partnership at its best – bringing together two national monuments, the Bishop Paiute Tribe, and the National Park Foundation to provide such a tremendous opportunity for the students,” said Devils Postpile Superintendent Deanna Dulen.
This is the first of several field trips planned for this group of students in an effort to learn about national park stewardship under the program title of “First Bloom.” They will also visit Manzanar NHS, Yosemite NP, and Devils Postpile NM.
This trip was made possible by the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, providing financial resources for transportation to national parks across the country through its Ticket to Ride grant program. This trip was also made possible with funds from the Bishop Paiute Tribe and educational support from both parks.