YOUTH OUTDOOR NETWORK

THE NEXT GENERATION OF CONSERVATIONISTS


The Western Slope Conservation Center is working in conjunction with the US Forest Service, the Nature Connection, and the Delta and Montrose County School Districts to create a ‘Youth Outdoor Network’ within high schools in Hotchkiss, Paonia, Delta, Cedaredge, and Olathe.

The Objectives of the Youth Outdoor Network

ENGAGE YOUTH FROM THE WESTERN SLOPE

We engage local high school students in the formal US Forest Service Forest Plan Revision process through the upcoming Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forest.

CREATE
OPPORTUNITY

We work to provide high school youth with an opportunity to understand and enter into the natural resource sector job market. Testing out jobs at a young age will help guide the students’ future career paths before jumping into a career and the experience will be valued by future employers.

INSPIRE THE NEXT GENERATION

We will ensure young people receive tailored learning opportunities to encourage their interests. This will be done through providing networking opportunities between students and professionals in the natural resource sector and providing exciting outdoor field trips that incorporate hands-on learning experiences involving field techniques.

BENEFITS OF THE PROGRAM


Students will learn what jobs are available in the natural resource sector, how and when to apply for jobs, and what experience will be necessary to attain such jobs after high school. They will also gain a basic understanding of the forest plan revision process and how to provide meaningful comments. Additionally, students will gain a network of professionals, new friends, mentors to assist with future endeavors, self-confidence, and leadership skills!

The Conservation Center would like to thank Partners in the Outdoors and Colorado Parks and Recreation Association in partnership with Colorado Parks and Wildlife as well as GOCO (Great Outdoors Colorado) for their grant support of this project. We would also like to thank our partners for their assistance.