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Give Back Tahoe: Tahoe Institute of Natural Science fosters local youth

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TINS nature camps foster curiosity and stewardship of our children's
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Our society is in the midst of a rapid and profound shift, with children spending ever more time indoors, looking at screens, and disconnected from nature and their surroundings.

Even here in Truckee and the Tahoe region, this transition can be observed, along with myriad associated health, learning, and behavioral implications.

Perhaps chief among these is the danger of failing to instill both the values and the tools required for our kids to become good stewards of the region. Tomorrow’s leaders need to be equipped for the challenges they will face and the future they will inherit.

The Tahoe Institute for Natural Science (TINS) has developed education programs addressing the many needs faced by educators, parents, and a community investing in its future: providing curricula, educational material, and instruction that conforms to California and Nevada education standards.

These programs awaken students’ curiosity of the natural world and inviting them to become engaged in their immediate natural surroundings, and promoting responsible environmental citizenship by helping students develop the tools they will need to make informed decisions relevant to the Tahoe region’s resource issues.

With the support of the Tahoe community, TINS has grown from reaching 826 students in the fall of 2010, to over 5,000 student contacts annually for the last three years (6,097 in 2014) — 26,150 student contacts to date!

TINS has developed seven unique in-school programs, designed to track through grades K-6, and five field trip programs. When the school year is over, TINS now offers 10 different nature camp opportunities through the summer, several of which are based out of Truckee in partnership with KidZone Museum.

We encourage everyone to visit http://www.TINSweb.org to learn more about these education programs, our research and outreach programs, our mission, and long term vision for the region.