Assemblyman Cooley Honors Local Nature Area at 2018 California Nonprofit Day Celebration

Thursday, June 7, 2018

SACRAMENTO – On Wednesday, June 6, Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) honored the Earl J. Koobs Nature Area as the 8th Assembly District’s 2018 Nonprofit of the Year.

Each year, the California Legislature hosts the California Nonprofits Day Celebration to recognize nonprofit organizations that make significant contributions to their communities.

“The Koobs Nature Area is a gem of the region, with educational opportunities inlaid in beautiful, native scenery,” said Assemblyman Cooley.  “I am very proud to honor the Earl J. Koobs Nature Area as this year’s Nonprofit of the Year, and to share the fantastic opportunity Sacramentans have to immerse themselves in our local, natural ecosystem.”

The Earl J. Koobs Nature Area’s 4.7 acres of land was purchased by La Sierra High School and Garfield Elementary students in 1971 for environmental education, and dedicated to Earl “Ranger Jack” Koobs in 1973 to honor his inspiration for and dedication to the area.  The Nature Area features hiking trails, three ponds, a bird sanctuary, butterfly gardens, and a self-guided tour with thirty markers.  The Nature Area’s plants are predominantly native to the Sacramento region.  Throughout the year, the Nature Area hosts free public events with educational themes and hands-on activities.  Additionally, the Nature Area dedicated the first-known monument to the Vietnam War in California in 1973, and hosts annual Memorial Day and Veterans Day ceremonies.  The Nature Area is currently maintained by the Kiwanis Club of Carmichael and their partnerships with volunteers from local nonprofit organizations, schools, and park districts, and Boy, Girl, and Brownie Scouts.

“Our club brings meaningful learning and fun to families interacting with nature area, and it is an honor to receive this recognition,” said Wayne Lang, President, Kiwanis Club of Carmichael.

Assemblyman Ken Cooley represents the 8th Assembly District which includes the communities of Arden-Arcade, Carmichael, Citrus Heights, Rancho Cordova, Rancho Murieta, Rosemont, Wilton and other portions of unincorporated Sacramento County.   For more information, please visit http://asmdc.org/members/a08/

Contact: Jillena Hernandez 916-464-1910

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