Youth Outreach & Education Assistants in Southern and Northern Arizona

Website Arizona Trail Association

In an effort to engage youth in the organization’s mission, diversify the trail community, and inspire the next generation of trail stewards, the Seeds of Stewardship program was created in 2012. The mission of the Seeds of Stewardship program is to provide educational and meaningful nature experiences that empower youth to become the stewards of Arizona’s nature. Two Coordinators and Assistants are employed within the primary gateway communities of Tucson and Flagstaff. The program engages elementary school, middle school and high school age youth within communities statewide using a proven three-tiered approach of experience, education, and stewardship. Northern Arizona’s Coordinator and Assistant are based in Flagstaff and partners with 8 to 10 schools between Payson and Page, with a primary focus in the Flagstaff area. Southern Arizona’s Coordinator and Assistant are based in Tucson and partners with 10 to 12 schools between Globe-Miami and Patagonia, with a primary focus in the Tucson Area. All programs are provided at no cost to schools, with the ATA covering all expenses associated with staff compensation, transportation, educational materials, healthy snacks, compensation for school to hire a substitute teacher (when requested), swag for participants, and other resources, materials and tools as needed. Our goal is to eliminate all barriers to participation so that youth can explore trails close to home, connect with landscapes on a deeper level, and be actively involved in the stewardship of public lands and the Arizona Trail. Program goals include 5-10 outings per youth group per school year (or semester, depending on school preference and Coordinator’s schedule). Experience, education and stewardship is blended during each trip.

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