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

Youth Environmental Stewardship (YES) is a program that focuses on fostering a deep and meaningful connection between teens and nature, creating a sense of responsibility towards protecting our natural spaces and resources. It is through these connections we hope to cultivate the next generation of land stewards. During the program, YES youth work on a variety of conservation projects at local preserves and communities, including planting trees, trail maintenance and construction, installation of water bars and other erosion control techniques, removing old fences and invasive species, and general beautification. Expert leaders from Trellis help the youth to make connections between the work being done at the local level to the bigger picture of how it impacts the global environment.

YES Programs in 2021

From March through the beginning of May of 2021, our spring YES cohort planted over 100 trees at Binky Lee Preserve, removed over 150 feet of old fencing, improved approximately 300 yards of trail, including rerouting 45 feet of the trail and constructing 4 steps. In early June 2021, a small but energetic crew completed a special, week-long project at Bryn Coed where they actually constructed a segment of a new trail, including the building of two bridges. It was an amazing and fun project!

Over the course of the summer, another youth crew will be working in one of our partner communities. Environmental Programs Director, Bob Steininger, and Agricultural Programs Manager, Hayden Remick, will lead the youth in various sustainable landscaping projects, including the design, installation, and planting of rain gardens. This project will remove unsightly “dead zones” resulting from standing water after heavy rains and create a vibrant flower garden that will provide habitat for native pollinators and other wildlife.

Check back later this summer for updates regarding Fall 2021 YES program opportunities!

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Yards of trails improved

Trees planted

Feet of fence removed

Bridges Built

Spring/Summer 2021 Highlights!

Spring 2021 YES Cohort

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