Urban Youth Park Stewardship Course (Winter 2014)

Who:  Coordinators, managers and directors of youth park stewardship programs
When:  Wednesdays, February 12, 19 and 26 and March 5 and 12; 5:30-7:00PM ET

Kids Environmental Field Trip

Course Overview:  This course is for professionals involved in planning and implementing urban youth park stewardship programs from across the country. Each interactive session will dig into the essential elements of program design, infrastructure, planning, and implementation phases of this work. Case studies of existing programs will highlight challenges and barriers as well as best practices and strategies for their solutions. Strengthen your program and practice, engage in lively discussions with colleagues doing similar work, and access resources that can be used right away.

This course was developed collaboratively by the leadership of the Boston Youth Environmental Network (BYEN), participating organizations and Health Resources in Action’s B.E.S.T. Initiative and with support from Cornell University Civic Ecology Lab through EE Capacity.

Registration:  01/23/2014 – 02/10/2014 REGISTER HERE!

Registration fees will be waived. City teams from a single or multiple organizations are welcome and encouraged to participate. At the completion of the course participants will receive a certificate from Cornell University.

Learning Platform:  Adobe Connect

Course Requirements:  Computer with Internet Connection, a quiet room, and commitment to participate in all five sessions is required.

Course Facilitators:  Dawn Chavez & Helen Christou – Boston Youth Environmental Network

Guest Speaker: Laurie Jo Wallace – Health Resource In Action’s B.E.S.T. Initiative

Course Format:  This is a 5-week online course that will meet via Google Hangouts and be presented in five parts totaling 7.5 hours of meeting time (five 1.5 hour web-sessions). Multimedia content will be included, like video, PowerPoint presentations, digital materials, and program resources.

Course Video Case Studies:  Interviews with adult and youth employees from Boston Natural Areas Network’s Youth Conservation Corps, Student Conservation Association (SCA), National Park Service’s Branching Out Program, and Groundwork Somerville’s Green Team will be used throughout the course as case studies.

This course is being offered with support from the Cornell University Civic Ecology Lab through EECapacity, the EPA funded national environmental education training program. In addition to Cornell University, the EECapacity Leadership Team includes the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE), Environmental Education Exchange, and Akiima Price Consulting. This course is being offered for the first time. The following organizations are registered to participate:

  • Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center
  • National Park Service (Charlestown, MA)
  • ODNR Division of Forestry (New Philidelphia, Ohio)
  • YouthBuild (Somerville, MA)
  • GroundWork Hudson Valley
  • GroundWork New Orleans
  • GroundWork Milwaukee
  • GroundWork Cincinatti
  • The Emerald Necklace Conservancy
  • GroundWork Richmond
  • GroundWork Denver
  • GroundWork Anacostia River, DC
  • Western Reserve Land Conservation
  • Freshwater Education Consulting
  • YouthBuild Boston
  • Cottonwood Gulch Foundation (Albuquerque, NM)

For more information about the Urban Youth Park Stewardship Course, please contact Helen Christou at hchristou@environetwork.org. To register click HERE.