The Environmentors Program: An Outreach Program for High School Students
The Environmentors program is an outreach initiative sponsored by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in cooperation with the University of Georgia W amell School of Forest Resources, Georgia Project Learning Tree, Georgia Adopt-A-Stream, Clarke Central High School and Athens Boys and Girls Club. The program is designed to involve high school students in their community and provide experiential learning in natural resources. These students are trained to monitor water quality using wet chemistry kits and mentor to younger children using two nationally recognized environmental curricula, Project Learning Tree (PLT) and Project WILD. The program provides an opportunity for mentoring and cooperative learning on all educational levels, while increasing environmental awareness and interest in natural resource management. The students of Clarke Central High School will study an impacted stream in Athens, Georgia throughout the year. The students will assess water quality and compare information with other Adopt-A-Stream groups throughout the state. Students in the Warnell School of Forest Resources will provide technical assistance and provide one outlet for information-sharing with the students in the program. Future plans for the program include training in and use of Project WET activities, as well as additional training in water quality analysis and laboratory procedures and planning. for rehabilitation of the impacted stream.