San Joaquin River Intertribal Heritage Educational Corporation promotes education and respect through academic lessons and experience. The primary goal of the program is cultural and environmental awareness. The intent of this experience is to encourage respect and promote positive behavior through tradition and education.
Our philosophy recognizes that hands-on education through individual and group experience has a more powerful and lasting effect on the community and participants. Participants with special needs will be carefully scheduled and guided through the educational process.
The San Joaquin River Intertribal Heritage Education Corporation offers services to the entire family. Our belief is that a family that plays together stays together. This educational concept can positively effect the entire family. The program stands on the philosophy that to get optimum results individuals must experience what they learn and participate in its process.
The birth of our vision began with the philosophy of touching the future through our history, coupled with education and positive personal experience. Our symbol represents the four directions and the circle of life. It expresses holism, the circle of all life and the connection of all things. Ecology, as taught and experienced through San Joaquin River Intertribal Heritage Educational Corporation, views man and the environment as a single system. Through this experience and a new awareness a sense of direction and commitment to positive behavior and the environment will be encouraged.
The Chawanakee Learning Center includes four large classrooms, a small library, a privately owned museum, a studio for art work, a shop area, black-topped playground area, a gymnasium and tennis court, and an office. It can accommodate approximately 80 students and staff. Nearby, a nature trail has been established to provide visitors with examples and explanations of the uses of native plants, and with opportunities for learning plant recognition.
Before SJRIHEC acquired Chawanakee School it sat empty for several years. The location of the school was remote and the local residents were bussed to schools in more populated areas. This same rural atmosphere, which caused the school's doors to close, is the perfect opportunity and location for our Learning Center facility. The region has a low population and is indeed close to nature.
Our Squaw Leap Learning Center is located in Auberry on Bureau of Land Management's Squaw Leap property. This learning center includes a nature trail, Indian village and privately owned museum.
The SJRIHECis a non-profit organization, completely funded by donations of time, resources and money. We are in the process of renovating the Chawanakee School site. We need your help and participation. Institutional tours are available for participants of all ages including school groups and educators. Each of you is welcome. The SJRIHEC's programs are inter-tribal with a great deal of information about the local area and its people.
The Learning Center offers tours for schools and institutions as well as individuals. The hands on experience and introduction to Native American crafts, survival skills, ecological practices and philosophy by knowledgeable, dedicated individuals help promote self-confidence and encourage positive behavior.
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