GARNA’s Youth Ecological Literacy Program (YELP) brings teachers, natural resource agency representatives, and volunteers together to provide science-based activities through school field trips, internships, enrichment programs, and summer camps. The goal is to provide students hands-on opportunities in nature to feel, see, investigate, and connect with the environmental science topics covered in their classrooms. Each program is tailored by the classroom teachers and GARNA staff to provide valuable learning opportunities for students.
In 2018, YELP impacted over 1,300 students! Students measured stream health, investigated forest health, explored habitat and ecosystems of wildlife, etc. Read more about great past field trips on our news page.
2019 Spring Field Work and Service Days
- Date May 21 & 22 – (Buena Vista) McGinnis Middle School Conservation Camp
- Date May 2 – (Salida) Longfellow Elementary 3rd Grade Service Trip – O’Haver Lake and Campground
- Date May 16 – Salida Middle School 6th Grade Service Trip – Monarch Spur Trail
- Date May 9 – (Leadville) Pitts Elementary 1st Grade Birding Field Trip – Hayden Meadows
- Date TBD – (Leadville) Leadville Intermediate Field Work in Browns Canyon National Monument
- Dates TBD – (Salida) Crest Academy trail work with Salida Trail Ecological Restoration Project
Interested in having GARNA facilitate field work for you classroom? Let’s start the conversation! Currently, GARNA staff work with teachers and school districts to write grants and seek local support, keeping programs at no cost to the student.
The Greater Arkansas River Nature Association
Youth Ecological Literacy
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