This summer activity offers youth from local community centers a day to learn environmental education, play watershed games, paddle the river, and enjoy a healthy barbecue lunch. Community centers are always welcome and often frequent the many local parks to enjoy the summer sun. Field trips, or special lessons, are available from our education team to help youth engage in, and become stewards of, local natural places. Activities include fun games like the fish ladder obstacle course, river herring life cycle tag, and citizen science, where they test and compare the water quality in both urban and rural settings.
This is an exciting, new community based project in the Olneyville community for Olneyville residents. Our goals and structure are to help participants navigate environmental issues impacting the community, assess the impacts that feel the most important in the community, and develop a plan to create long term impacts centered around the chosen issues once a month. We’re working with the Office of Sustainability and the Racial and Environmental Justice Committee to build long term relationships and leadership around environmental resilience. Program will begin in January of 2021 and run for eight months, will have virtual and in person learning opportunities, and has the potential to continue longer term for those interested. This project is run entirely thanks to funding from the Environmental Protection Agency: EPA, from their Environmental Education and Collaborative Problem Solving Grants.
Please contact Sara for any community field day inquires, or if you are interest in joining the New Voices at the Water Table program.