News Post

Common Ground Summit

The LJA Wild Kids Stewardship Council hosted the fourth annual Common Grounds Summit, an opportunity for youth to connect over the one thing we all have in common: the planet. This year's focus was on indigenous wisdom, looking to indigenous cultures for answers to the environmental crises we face. Six representatives from the Blackfeet Nation in Montana attended the summit, sharing their culture and insights, and building friendships through games, stories, and service. The summit opened on Friday evening with an incredible exchange between Blackfeet elders and Hawaiian kumu. They blessed the campus and the community, asking for healing and guidance for all summit participants. On Saturday, students woke up early to contribute to native plant restoration efforts at the Na Pohaku site in Kawainui and to clear a new taro patch at the Ho'okua'aina lo'i. Saturday afternoon students met with representatives from various non-profits to help solve pressing issues that each organization currently faces. After two nights of camping on LJA's beautiful campus, working in the mud, playing together on the field, singing around the campfire, and collaborating to solve critical issues, students finished the summit with gratitude, thankful for the relationships they built with each other and with the land.