Project Title & Description
Youth Citizen Forester Program.
The Youth Citizen Forestry Program will enroll high school age youth in a six week internship program during the summer of 2012. Participants will learn environmental stewardship including how to plant, preserve, and promote trees planted throughout public areas in Tulsa, Ok. In addition to exploring the importance of and care of the urban forest, students will explore the forestry industry in Oklahoma, careers in forestry and/or horticulture, sustainable living practices, alternative energy and bio-fuels, and the importance of soil and water quality. Goals of this project are to build a corps of young people who will accept personal responsibility for actions to improve the environment including protecting the environment in the future. Presentations will be made to the interns on forestry and environmental sciences as areas of higher education options and corresponding careers. Key partners include Phoenix Rising, an alternative Tulsa Public School, Tulsa Community College Horticulture Dept., City of Tulsa Dept of Public Works, OSU Extension Center, Metropolitan Environmental Trust, Tulsa Conservation District Program, American Electric Power/Public Service Oklahoma, Oklahoma Forestry Dept., and Indian Nations Council of Governments Energy Program. Environmental Education priorities addressed are career development and Community Projects and Administrator's Environmental priorities addressed are Climate Change and Expanding the Conversation on Environmentalism and Working for Environmental Justice.