Exploring nature on two wheels

The Nugget reports on Heather Walden's Black Butte Eco-Bike Explorers and getting kids outdoors to learn about ecology and conservation through art and mountain bike exploration.
By Jim Anderson
The Nugget Newspaper

 

Last week, a bunch of excited kids headed for Suttle Lake through the safe and quiet forest. They're part of Heather Walden's Black Butte Eco-Bike Explorers.

Black Butte Eco Bike Explorers is a grassroots, nonprofit program put together to get kids outdoors to learn about ecology and conservation through art and mountain-bike exploration. The goal is to provide young people between the ages of 10 and 15 tools to make a difference and help improve and maintain our environment.

The field trips involve real-life topics of things happening in the environment to focus on: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and to learn what goes on within natural ecosystems, and why. While they're into these subjects, they have lots of summertime fun on their bikes with their friends. This is the second summer season the program's been going, but it can grow with more volunteers...