Last month, before I had the time to realize what I was getting myself into, I volunteered to guide a troop of Girl Scouts through the Reed Canyon portion of Crystal Springs Creek. The original idea was to put together a short informational video about the springs with a little help from the girls. I should have known that it is nearly impossible to get video equipment, the weather, and a group of little girls to cooperate at the same time. While the sun came out and the girls were very well-behaved, two of my video cameras failed to function, leaving me with only my digital camera. While a little disappointed, I took the opportunity to put the cameras away and have a meaningful discussion with the girls about Crystal Springs. We trekked around the Canyon for about an hour, seeing many Mallards, a Great Blue Heron, and even multiple patches of wild strawberries. We all ended up having a great time, and the Girl Scouts showed a genuine interest in the area. At the conclusion of the tour, I had almost every Girl Scout parent approach me to ask where they could learn more about Crystal Springs.
I think this is a perfect example of why this website was created. While the PSU Capstone participants and the Crystal Springs Community Collaborative members would love to spread their knowledge about Crystal Springs one person at a time, this site will make it easier to get the word out to a greater number of people. So, help us out and tell everyone you know to take a look at our site!