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"One touch of nature makes the whole world kin."
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In keeping with the scouting principle to remain conservation-minded, Emerald Bay continues to set a superb example by conserving water, energy, and other resources. With the advantage of such a stunning location, our Nature staff offers courses in Astronomy, Mammal Study, Nature, Environmental Science, Soil and Water Conservation, Fish and Wildlife Management, and Geology. Our clear skies, unique flora and fauna, and astonishing oceanic biology allow campers to explore a natural world unlike anyplace else in Southern California.
We are always looking for new ways to conserve our resources. Our composting program reduces waste that would be shipped off to landfills while creating a useful product. Using compost can serve as a low-cost alternative to artificial soil amendments, and it can reduce the need for water, fertilizers, and pesticides. Composting also extends municipal landfill life by diverting organic materials from landfills.
In the Emerald Bay Eco Center, guests can see the the entire cycle in action. Food scraps are collected and composted, turning into plant fertilizer, which in turn feeds our vegetable garden and produces more food. We provide many opportunities for service projects in our garden so that people of all ages may participate in preserving the environment.