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

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Youth Environmental Stewardship (YES) is a program that focuses on creating the next generation of land stewards. 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.

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.

Due to COVID-19 programming restrictions, Youth Environmental Stewardship teachings have been combined with Youth Seed Enterprise for our Summer 2020 programming. 

Check back soon for updates regarding Fall 2020 YES programming. We can’t wait to get back to cultivating tomorrow’s young environmental stewards!


Bob Steininger
Director, Chester County Youth Programs


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Miles of trails improved

Yards of fence removed

Waterbars installed

Spring/Summer 2019 Highlights!