Thanks to the great work of the Wood River Land Trust’s Student Conservation Council (SCC), Olympic gold medalist Kaitlyn Farrington recently spoke about the environment and the impact students can have on helping to protect it to a packed gymnasium at Wood River High School.

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The Land Trust was stoked to have a snowboarding legend like Kaitlyn stop by our office in Hailey.

Farrington was raised and learned to snowboard in the Wood River Valley and has become an ambassador for Protect Our Winters or POW, a nonprofit organization founded in 2011 by professional snowboarder Jeremy Jones to fight climate change on behalf of the winter sports community. POW and the Land Trust teamed up to host the talk.

The event was spearheaded by the SCC’s Mackenzie Shardlow, a junior at Wood River High School, and Molly Whittington, a junior at The Sage School.

Local students were inspired by Farrington, a homegrown hero from Bellevue, who took home the gold in women’s half-pipe snowboarding at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.

“It’s up to all of us to make a difference,” Farrington said. “It’s up to us, the young  generation.”

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Kaitlyn Farrington and the teams from POW and the Student Conservation Counsel.