Youth Experience Native Culture in the Desert Monuments

On May 15, Cahuilla and Chemehuevi tribal youth joined local community members for a night of camping and cultural learning at the Old Woman Mountains Preserve situated in the newly declared Mojave Trails Monument. Our Learning Landscapes program allows youth ages 12-18 to learn about their cultural heritage and about the flora and fauna of the Old Woman Mountains.

The OWMP is located in the Old Woman Mountains, San Bernardino County, California. The Old Woman Mountains are approximately forty miles west of the Colorado River at a transition zone between the Mojave and Colorado (Sonoran) Deserts. The region is scarcely populated and approximately 90% of the lands are managed by the Department of Interior, Bureau of Land Management. The OWMP will benefit from additional protection measures after creation of the Mojave Trails National Monument through presidential proclamation on February 12, 2016. 

As part of the trip, students learned about traditional uses for native plants, traveled traditional tribal trails, and participated in restoration activities through various portions of the Preserve.

The NALC worked in close partnership with Conservation Lands Foundation (CLF) to organize and co-host the Intercultural Roundtable, bringing together our combined capacity, resources, and shared values. The mission of CLF is to protect, restore, and expand the National Conservation Lands through education, advocacy, and partnerships.