URBAN STEWARDSHIP PROJECTS
Urban Stewardship Projects are one-day service learning programs that connect youth to natural sites and environmental organizations in their local community. Youth groups typically participate in an Urban Stewardship Project after they have participated in a Learn About Forests program. Just as on LAF programs, Urban Stewardship Projects utilize community stewardship as a means to develop youth leadership and a sense of belonging to place.
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, teach conservation practices, and cultivate leadership. Eagle Eye partners with environmental organizations to offer a variety of meaningful projects for youth, including invasive species removal, trail maintenance, garden work, trash cleanup, and tree planting.
“The [Middlesex County Boys and Girls Club] members who have participated in Eagle Eye programming have benefited 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, and made them environmental stewards within their own community.”
Jennifer Pascual, Healey Club Director, Middlesex County Boys and Girls Club