SHALC is a diverse group of local leaders that formed in 2012 to collaboratively coordinate land and watershed management in the South Santiam watershed for a variety of benefits including local economic development, forest and riparian health, clean air, a high quality of life, vibrant recreation, and cultural resource protection.
In December 2013, the City of Sweet Home took part in an assessment to evaluate the area's key livability factors, including the quality of transportation options, accessibility of affordable housing, attractiveness of employment and business opportunities, and strength of community character.
During this assessment, SHALC heard the need for more opportunities for youth to engage with the outdoors, and to plan for continued outdoor engagement.
Improve the collaboration and cooperation between all outdoor education and recreation providers to ensure that Sweet Home’s education and recreation system meets the needs and desires of it residents and visitors.
Improve access to and connectivity between education and recreation opportunities.
Market outdoor education and recreation opportunities and their associated amenities to ensure that residents and visitors alike are aware of all opportunities.
Contribute to the protection of Sweet Home’s high-quality natural resources and help residents and visitors gain appreciation of these resources through interpretation and programming.
Why Outdoor Education and Recreation -
Outdoor education, training and recreation involve both young people and adults in a wide range of experiences, including adventurous activities on land and water and activities with an environmental focus. Methods used include skills-focused learning, problem solving, team building and self-reliant journeys and activities, with residential experience an especially valued feature.
Use of the outdoors makes a major contribution to physical and environmental education and enhances many other curriculum areas. It contributes to personal growth and social awareness and develops skills for life and the world of work. Qualities such as a sense of responsibility and a purpose in life are nurtured. There is also a great deal of intrinsic enjoyment and satisfaction to be experienced from participation in outdoor activities.
Why Collaborate -
Greater collaboration and cooperation is a mechanism for increasing efficiencies, saving on costs, and increasing opportunities.
Call to Action -
We need your help in this process! Please take a few minutes to take an outdoor recreation and education survey. The survey answers will help outdoor education, recreation, and youth development representatives to develop the most robust outdoor education and recreation activities for Sweet
SHALC needs your input. Please go to the following links to complete survey's to help SHALC get information about what outdoor recreation and education opportunities may be wanted in Sweet Home.
Middle and High School Students Survey Link:
Parent Recreation Survey Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ParentRecreationSurvey
Education and Recreation Provider Survey Link: