A newly established non-profit organization has garnered the support of three educational organizations to support its mission of providing students outdoor education in Joshua Tree National Park. Reporter Hilary Sloane has more information…
Joshua Tree Residential Education Experience, or JTREE, announced that three regional educational organizations support the non-profit’s mission. The Morongo Educational Foundation, the Hi-Desert Region 62 of the California Retired Teachers Association, and the Morongo Teachers Association, said in a statement that they believe that providing young students with environmental education will encourage them to be the ecological stewards of tomorrow. JTREE is a newly charitable organization that is partnering with the National Park Service to provide youth-oriented residential outdoor education at Joshua Tree National Park.
The Morongo Education Foundation organized for the purpose of improving educational opportunities for students of Morongo Unified School District. In support of JTREE, MEF Executive Director, Vonda Viland and the Board of Directors enthusiastically believe that providing young students environmental education encourages youth to be the ecological stewards of tomorrow.
The Hi Desert Region 62 of the California Retired Teachers Assn. supports education as a part of their mission. In a letter of support, Co-Presidents, Doris Lawless and Gay Smith, state “We are confident JTREE will also make a positive difference in the lives of many students and community members as they explore environmental education, learn about being positive stewards in our world, and feel empowered to make a difference in society while building their self-esteem, personal knowledge, and skills.”
JTREE also garnered the support of Morongo Teachers Assn. whose motto is “Proud to Teach”. Many of our local teachers and students participate in outdoor science camps outside our area. But as MTA President, Kojo McCallum says, “Although the students receive an invaluable experience and education, nothing can take the place of being educated and enriched in your home community.”
The education program shall be primarily established, funded, constructed and operated by JTREE in partnership with Joshua Tree National Park. To read the valued letters of support and contribute to JTREE please visit their website at www.JTreeOutdoorEd.org.