Youth Environmental Stewardship
“This program has been great, and the kids have had a tremendous impact on the care for the preserves at Binky Lee and Bryn Coed through trail maintenance, tree planting and upkeep, and other projects. The education component has been so important, too. Working with their hands and different tools has been a great learning experience for the students.”
Darin G., Preserve Manager & Program Partner
YES is a program that focuses on creating the next generation of land stewards and takes place on weekdays in the Summer and Saturdays in the Spring and Fall. YES crews work on a variety of conservation projects at local preserves. Projects include planting trees, trail maintenance and construction, installation of water bars and other erosion control techniques, clean up including removing old fences and trash, invasive species removal and various beautification projects. Environmental education makes connections between the work being done at the local level to the bigger picture of how it impacts the global environment. To bring those connections further, participants explore the possible career opportunities in conservation.
Our Spring Saturday Session of YES starts March 21, 2020!
We are also accepting applications for the Summer Session, which runs from June 22 through July 31, 2020.
Twelve teens will continue our Saturday work with Natural Lands at two local preserves. For six weekends participants will complete a variety of projects and learn about the natural world and their place in it.
Director, Chester County Youth Programs