High school students are invited to attend a week long “Stewards of the Earth” program with environmental educator, Lenoir McDougal, at the Emerson Brook Forest Outdoor Center. Two sessions will be offered, July 23rd - 28th and August 20th - 25th. Daily sessions run from 9 am to 3 pm with a planned overnight on Friday with pick up Saturday morning at 9 am.
Fun–filled activities for the week include natural history exploration, constructing primitive structures, trail work & gardening, nature artwork and journaling. The program draws on the 13 Core Routines found in the Coyote's Guide to Connecting with Nature by Jon Young. Sessions include time for immersion and reflection in the forest as well as time to explore and learn about the area through a variety of ways. Attendants will be supported to strengthen leadership skills and to advocate for a healthy planet. Participants will also help tend the garden, expand and maintain trails and think about ways to share their learning with visitors to the Center. Students can apply this time towards community service hours needed for school or other organizations.
The Sustainability Project offers a variety of Stewards of the Earth programs designed to encourage environmental stewardship skills and healthy choices. Program leaders and participants use naturally occurring, teachable moments to deepen their relationships with the world around them.
Registration for the week is $100. Barter options are available and no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Students are also encouraged to inquire about completing additional community service hours, senior projects or service projects for scouting or other groups. For more information or to register, call 603-209-7272 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.