Woolsey Fire Updates

Update on 11/16/18

Thank you for your outpouring of support this past week. Since Monday, we have learned more about the extent of the wildfires in the Santa Monica Mountains. It is with sadness that I share the following:

Both Camp Shalom (dorms) and Circle X Ranch (tents) sustained substantial fire damage. This precludes NatureBridge from offering spring programs at Camp Shalom and likely Circle X as well. We understand and share the disappointment that this news brings. In spite of these remarkable recent events, we remain steadfast that our mission is as important as ever and are committed to providing meaningful environmental education programs.

We are exploring alternative options for you and your students to enjoy a NatureBridge program. Currently, we have available dates at both our Yosemite and Olympic National Park campuses. In addition, we are looking at expanded accommodations in Yosemite and will share more details as soon as possible. 

To help us gauge interest in Yosemite programs, please complete this short survey by November 27. Your feedback will be incredibly helpful as we try to secure alternative options. 

Update on 11/12/18

Our hearts go out to all those affected by the recent California wildfires and the firefighters who are courageously battling the blazes. The tremendous loss of life and property is a remarkable tragedy for our friends and our communities.

While NatureBridge has felt the impact of the Woolsey Fire in Southern California, we can report that no NatureBridge programs were in session when the fire broke out; all staff and students are safe. 

There is still much uncertainty in regards to our programs in the Santa Monica Mountains but as of today, we can provide the following updates:

Camp Shalom was severely impacted by the fire. We are working with Camp Shalom, our other NatureBridge campuses, and partners to identify options for NatureBridge programs scheduled at this site. 

Circle X Ranch (site with tent camping) sustained some damage, but the full extent has yet to be determined. 

As fire containment efforts increase over the next few days, we will learn more about overall conditions in the park and the impact on our programs. The safety of our participants and staff is our top priority and we will continue to work closely with the National Park Service to receive accurate information regarding conditions in the park. 

We will provide timely updates as we receive new information. 

If you have immediate questions or concerns, please contact Karen Oxrider at 424-234-3240 or koxrider@naturebridge.org