Urban Stewardship Projects are one-day service learning programs that focus on connecting urban youth to natural sites and environmental organizations within their local communities. Eagle Eye recommends youth partake in an Urban Stewardship Project after they have participated in a Learn About program. The purpose of an Urban Stewardship Project is to raise youth awareness of nature found within urban areas and to encourage youth to protect their local natural resources. Urban Stewardship Projects develop responsibility, cultivate leadership, and teach conservation practices. Eagle Eye partners with many environmental organizations to offer a variety of meaningful projects for the youth. Projects include, but are not limited to, invasive species removal, trail maintenance, garden work, litter removal, and tree planting.
“The [Middlesex County Boys and Girls Club] members who have participated in Eagle Eye programming have benefitted in countless ways as they step into new environments. These outdoor experiences have provided our members with opportunities to develop skills in the following areas: leadership, self-confidence and self-respect, trust, sense of responsibility for self, others, the community and the environment, critical thinking, teamwork, and decision-making, as well as, made them environmental stewards within their own community.”
– Jennifer Pascual, Healey Club Director, Middlesex County Boys and Girls Club