SCLT Youth Partner Challenge

"If we want children to flourish, to become truly empowered, then let us allow them to love the earth before we ask them to save it.” - David Sobel

Made possible by a grant from the Saluda Community Fund at the Polk County Community Foundation.

The SCLT Youth Partner Challenge was designed to help youth ages 5-16 and the adults in their lives appreciate the land and trails that SCLT is seeking to protect.

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Have fun exploring greenways, gardens and trails.

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Learn and earn a badge and certificate!

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Be a part of preserving our area by empowering youth to be a part of its future.

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The Challenge Details

We challenge you to explore eight of the following places with SCLT leaders on the second Saturdays during the year. You can also download and read the educational information for selected activities and complete them on your own.

Lazy Girl, Wildflower Hike, Henry's Nature Center and service projects are guided activities only.

Please make one of your eight activities a service project.

Service project options are coordinated with SCLT leaders and take place at the Robinson Community Garden (Kid’s Garden plot), Henry's Nature Center, or at Judd's Peak.

Ready to get started? Download your activity log here!

Activity Log

2020 Schedule

The Beautiful Places to Explore

“Teaching children about the natural world should be treated as one of the most important events in their lives." -Thomas Berry

More information coming soon for the activities below!

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Volunteer in the Kid's Plot of the Robinson Community Garden. (Summer)

GARDEN INFO PDF

  • Contact the SCLT office for more information.
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Hike on the Little Bradley Trail and learn about water quality. (Summer)

TRAIL INFO PDF

  • Guided hike on Saturday, August 8th, 2020 at 2 pm. Meet at the Saluda Library parking lot at 1:45 pm. Be prepared to get wet!
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Hike on the Lazy Girl Trail and learn about greenways.

Please join us on a guided hike.

  • Guided hike on Saturday, June 13th, 2020 at 2 pm. Also on Saturday, December 12th, 2020 at 2 pm. Meet at the Saluda Library parking lot at 1:45 pm.
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Hike on the Missing 40 Trail and learn about land deeds.

TRAIL INFO PDF

  • Guided hike on Saturday, July 11th, 2020 at 2 pm. Meet at the Saluda Library Parking Lot at 1:45 pm.
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Hike on the Saluda Passage of the Palmetto Trail and learn about African American history and “The Kingdom of the Happy Land.”

TRAIL INFO PDF

  • Guided hike on Saturday, September 12th, 2020 at 2 pm. Meet at the Saluda Library Parking Lot at 1:45 pm.

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Hike at Henry's Nature Center and learn about its history as an old homestead.

Please join us on a guided hike.

Guided hike on Saturday, October 10th, 2020 at 2 pm. Meet at the Saluda Library Parking Lot at 1:45 pm.

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Hike and learn about wildflowers. (early Spring)

Please join us on a guided hike.

Guided hike on Saturday, March 14th and April 11th, 2020 at 2 pm. Meet at the Saluda Library Parking Lot at 1:45 pm.

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Go on a Historic Saluda Walk to learn about people and places in Saluda.

WALK INFO PDF

  • Guided Hike on Saturday, February 8th, 2020 at 2 pm. Also on Saturday, November 14th at 2 pm. Meet at the Saluda Library Parking Lot at 1:45 pm.
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Walk to Judd’s Peak by Sullivan Temple and learn about Madame Phoebie Sullivan, well-known African American healer.

TRAIL INFO PDF

  • Guided Hike on Saturday, January 11th, 2020 at 2 pm. Also on Saturday, May 9th, 2020 at 2 pm. Meet at the Saluda Library Parking Lot at 1:45 pm.
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How to Complete the Challenge

All activities must be done by youth and their adult partner e.g. parent, grandparent, other family member or youth leader. One adult may participate with up to 5 youth.

Adult partners must accompany and transport youth during scheduled SCLT activities. Adults also earn a badge and certificate.

When you have completed eight activities, send your log to the SCLT office. We will contact you to arrange the presentation of your certificate and patch. Presentations may be made at a SCLT meeting, youth meeting or on the trail.

  • Send Log to:
  • Saluda Community Land Trust
  • PO Box 732
  • Saluda, NC 28773