What GARNA’s Youth Ecological Literacy Program, YELP?
YELP seeks to inspire the next generation to become informed, engaged, and caring citizens to protect the Upper Arkansas Valley’s natural resources. Through environmental education, GARNA connects youth to public lands with education on stewardship and respectful recreation. YELP reaches over 1,600 rural youth per year through field trips, classroom projects, after school programs, camps and internships. GARNA partners with public land agencies including the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), US Forest Service, Colorado Parks & Wildlife, Upper Arkansas Water Conservancy District, Trout Unlimited and over 25 other community partners who consider GARNA to be the environmental educator in the Upper Arkansas Valley.
9 out of 10 YELP programs are free to participants and funded through GARNA memberships, grants, and sponsorships.
Through environmental education, GARNA envisions a generation that is environmentally literate and makes choices that support well-being of healthy ecosystems in the Upper Arkansas Valley.