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Nevada City, CA – The South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) recently launched its Know Your Watershed Scavenger Hunt to help raise funds for its Environmentalist of the Year scholarship, which the organization awards annually to a local college-bound high school student. 

The scavenger hunt begins on Sunday, March 27th and closes as week later on April 3rd. SYRCL is offering two editions—one for adults and one for youth under 12. The adult version asks participants to follow clues that will take them to local rivers, streams, forests, and meadows and submit the answers as photos. The youth version is geared toward families and asks participants to explore three different trails in our watershed and look for clues to complete the questions. 

“We see this as a great way to encourage people to get out and learn more about the watershed” says Melinda Booth, SYRCL’s Executive Director. “It also gives people the opportunity to see the landscape through the eyes of a scientist.”  

First, second, and third place prizes will be awarded to the winners of the adult edition that include $150 in gift certificates to local stores and Yuba gear. If multiple people answer all of the questions correctly, the winner will be drawn at random.  

Youth participants who complete the challenge and turn in the booklet to the SYRCL office by Monday, April 4 at 5pm will receive a Watershed Explorer sticker, a Salmon Saver booklet, and a Wild & Scenic Film Festival coloring page. 

Visit yubariver.org to learn more and purchase your tickets. 

About SYRCL: The South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL, pronounced “circle”), based in Nevada City, CA, is the leading voice for the protection and restoration of the Yuba River watershed. Founded in 1983 through a rural, grassroots campaign to defend the South Yuba River from proposed hydropower dams, SYRCL has developed into a vibrant community organization with over 3,500 members and volunteers. See www.yubariver.org