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 selected first Saturdays during the year. You can also download and read the educational information for each activity and complete the hikes on your own.

One of the eight activities must be a service project.

Service project options are coordinated with SCLT leaders and take place at the Robinson Community Garden (Kid’s Garden plot), the Moody Homestead, Little Park or Moonshine Park.

Ready to get started? Download your activity log here!

Activity Log

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 with Walks in the Woods on Sunday, August 4th at 2 pm. Meet at the Saluda Library parking lot. Be prepared to get wet!
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Hike on the Lazy Girl Trail and learn about greenways.

TRAIL INFO PDF

  • Guided hike on July 13th at 10 am. Meet at the Saluda Library parking lot.
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Hike on the Missing 40 Trail and learn about land deeds.

TRAIL INFO PDF

  • Guided hike with Walk in the Woods folks, Sunday, August 18th at 2 pm. Meet at the Saluda Library Parking Lot.
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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 28th at 10 am. Meet at the Saluda Library Parking Lot.
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Hike on The Moody Homestead and learn about its history as an old homestead.

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Hike and learn about wildflowers at Twin Bridges. (early Spring)

TRAIL INFO PDF

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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, June 22nd at 10 am. Meet at the Saluda Library Parking Lot.
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Walk to Judd’s Peak by Sullivan’s Temple and learn about Madame Phoebie Sullivan, well-known African American healer.

TRAIL INFO PDF

  • Guided Hike with Walks in the Woods on Sunday, September 1 at 2 pm. Meet at the Saluda Library Parking Lot.
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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

SUMMER 2019

Service work in the Kid's Plot of the Robinson Community Garden

Plant, weed, and/or spread mulch. Kids and adults are always welcome to check out what's in the garden. Corner of Henderson and Poplar Streets. Contact the SCLT office for more information and to plan your service activity.

Hike to Little Bradley Falls

August 4, 2019 2pm

Join Walks in the Woods and prepare to get wet. There are several water crossings and an opportunity to wade in the pool below the falls. Meet at the Saluda Library Parking Lot.

Missing 40 Trail

August 18, 2019 2pm

Join the Walk in the Woods folks for this guided hike. Meet at the Saluda Library Parking Lot.

Join Walks in the Woods and hike to Judd's Peak /Saluda Nature Park

September 1, 2019 2pm

Learn about Madam Phoebie Sullivan and Sullivan's Temple. Meet at the Saluda Library Parking Lot.

Saluda Passage of the Palmetto Trail

September 28, 2019 10am

Learn about African American history in this area. Meet at the Saluda Library Parking Lot.