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Sierra Nevada Journeys

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Educational Services, Environmental Education, Youth Development Programs

Mission: Our mission is to deliver innovative outdoor, science-based education programs for youth to develop critical thinking skills and to inspire natural resource stewardship.

Target demographics: improve science education

Geographic areas served: Northern Nevada and Northern California

Programs: outdoor science learning experience, overnight science camp, teacher professional development, and family science nights.

Community Stories

10 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you for what you do! The program was wonderful, and everyone on staff was exactly what each circumstance needed them to be. I dream of schools where learning is experiential, not just memorizing information about other people’s experiences & data. I work for change within my classroom, and having a resource such as Grizzly Ranch is such a gift. For many kids, it’s the first experience of mountains, creatures, hiking, etc and hopefully the beginning of a life-long relationship with outdoors. Just so you know, many of our students have had painful, scarring events in their lives and have trouble remembering what’s good and true. Yet in every picture their faces are lit with joy. I’m not making that up, it’s all true. I'm sure our students will have great memories - they can't stop talking about all they experienced!

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SierraNevadaJourneys Thank you so much for your kind words! We are very grateful for teachers like you who are constantly working towards bettering education and making an impact on our kids. Thank you for making us a part of your classroom, and we can't wait to see you again soon!

Yeng X.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Great place to work. The opportunity to work there is more than work, you build relationships with others that eventually become life-long family, or like what I would like to call the SNJ family. There is great leadership among administrative staff, and the people that you meet during employment give life-long memories.

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SierraNevadaJourneys 10/23/2014

Thank you so much! We were delighted to have you on staff, and really appreciate the kind words. You'll always be part of the SNJ family!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Sierra Nevada Journey's programs are filling a huge hole in our community and public education! Their summer camps are wonderful and I really feel comfortable leaving my child for a week. The Halloween Carnival is so much fun, and provides Plumas county kids with something safe to do for Halloween. I am looking forward to seeing what else they can do in the future!

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SierraNevadaJourneys 10/01/2014

Thank you so much for your support! We are proud to be a part of this community, and thankful for the opportunity to make a positive impact. Can't wait to see you at the 2014 Halloween event!

Cheryl112

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter, Leah, attended this camp 2 years ago when she was in 5th grade. Then again this past summer just after 6th grade. She had an amazing experience. She cannot wait to go back again next year.

Leah learned so much and had such a great time in a safe, supportive and inspiring environment. She talked so highly of all the staff - how positive and encouraging they all were.

The location is beautiful but it really is the people and the activities they do that make this such an enriching and worthwhile program for everyone involved.

Everyone should have an opportunity to experience this spectacular place!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My family has attended SNJ's Family Camp for 2 years in row now, and plan to make it our annual tradition! They have something for everyone - so our little ones are happy, our teen is happy, and both adults are thrilled! The counselors are amazing, develop a great rapport with the campers, and are so knowledgable - they are a joy to be around! The grounds are lovely, the accommodations are clean and comfortable, and the food is delish! Can't say enough good things about SNJ!! What a gem!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

At SNJ you're going to find a personal, authentic feel that doesn't appear many other places. Every staff member truly cares, and it shows.

Gail42

Donor

Rating: 5

Really an exciting learning opportunity in a stimulating environment! The staff and leadership in this organization is top notch!

Tammy74

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you SNJ! My daughter loved every part of your program- the facility, the counselors (a bunch!), the food, the activities. I cannot thank you enough for providing such a memorable time for her. She loved it so much she came back for a second week. I wasn't sure she would be able to have the same awesome experience twice but she actually had more fun the second time around. There's not many programs I can say that about. Please pass on my thanks to all of your staff. My daughter is sad camp is over but she will have the memory in her heart forever! We will be back next year and many more after that.

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SierraNevadaJourneys 07/21/2014

Wow- this is great to hear! Thank you for taking the time to let us know how much your daughter enjoyed camp. We will be sure to pass on your thanks to our staff and we look forward to having your daughter back again next summer!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am so proud of our team at Sierra Nevada Journeys! Please keep up the great work. I love meeting parents and teachers in our region who can't say enough great things about the impact you make on the education of our youth. Keep up the great work

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We just picked our daughter up from camp today and she had an amazing time. She will definitely be returning in future years. The staff are all very professional, pleasant and knowledgeable. We felt very comfortable leaving our 9 year old with them for one week.

My daughter also had the priveledge of working with them when she was in third grade. She always looked forward to their monthly school visit and raved about heir lessons.

I would highly recommend participating in anything they have to offer.

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SierraNevadaJourneys 07/21/2014

Thank you for taking the time to let us know how much your daughter enjoyed our programs! We love getting to see kids both in the school programs AND for summer camp. We hope to see her in the classroom and up at camp again soon!