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Conservation in Action


Richmond County Schools longleaf forest ecology event.

SALT has an active education component to bring hands-on learning to Sandhills youth and instill a lifelong appreciation for nature and conservation.  SALT created the Sand In My Shoes: Take a Child Outside program as a community-building, life-changing initiative that promotes getting children and families reconnected with nature through classroom and outdoor field experiences.


Sand In My Shoes is used by SALT’s environmental educators as a classroom experience with fourth and fifth grade science students in Fayetteville and Ft. Bragg’s schools using environmental education tools such as Project Wild and Project Learning Tree.  Activities help students understand the interconnectedness of the natural world and how the individual student can make a difference in preserving our natural resources.


SALT facilitates events to invite children and their families to participate in outdoor field activities to develop a personal connection with the land through hands-on learning.  The ultimate goal is to create in children a life-long love of nature and instill an understanding in the interconnectedness of all things, resulting in healthier children and a generation knowledgeable and passionate about their future role as “stewards of tomorrow.”

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Sandhills Lily Photo by Brady Beck
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