EAGLE Club students at Holyoke High Dean Campus plant trees with the Greening the Gateway Cities Project for Arbor Day, April 2019.

EAGLE Club (Earth Advocates: Green Leaders for the Environment) is a place-based, exploratory after-school program focused on science learning, access to nature, and awareness of environmental careers. EAGLE Club engages a group of 12-15 youth ages 8 to 18 for eight consecutive weeks in the fall and the spring. Youth explore nature in their communities, take field trips to natural sites around the city, and participate in camping trips and local stewardship and advocacy projects. Every EAGLE Club session attends a weekend Learn About or Learn More About program. EAGLE Club is co-led by Eagle Eye and partners, college interns, and guest educators.

Program History

Tufts University Intern Cleo Hirsch began the EAGLE Initiative in 2010 to engage college students as Champions of Eagle Eye programs with Boston area youth organizations. In 2012, this became EAGLE Club, an environmental after-school program at Somerville’s Healey Boys & Girls Club and the Mystic Learning Center. In 2013-15, Christina Oliva led the effort to expand EAGLE Club and develop place-based curricula with the help of Antioch University New England students. Tufts University students helped coordinate EAGLE Club programs with youth groups in Middlesex County. In 2018, Hampshire intern Allie Foster completed her Division III research helping to develop EAGLE Club at Holyoke High School Dean Campus.

Quotes & Testimonials

“I learned that birds have a change in the color of their feathers based on how long they live.”

EAGLE Club Participant, Age 19, Holyoke High School Dean Campus

"I learned about some of the tools used to work on or make trails, including a McLeod and an uprooter."

EAGLE Club Participant, Age 18, Holyoke High School Dean Campus

“I wish this was school. I would remember more if I could see, smell, and touch what I’m learning.”

EAGLE Club Participant, Age 11, Boys & Girls Club of Middlesex County

“There is a lot more trash around the school again. Can we please pick it up today?! It was so much fun picking up the trash and finding snails in the grass. It looked good too.”

EAGLE Club Participant, Age 9, Boys & Girls Club of Middlesex County