Groundworks Exposes Urban Youth to Camp Life

Shown are the campers enjoying a campers round-table exchange.

The Green Team Youth Corps, a year-round empowerment program for urban youth that exposes them to nature, held their spring break camping t to learn camping skills, environmental careers and the importance of Florida’s watersheds.

The trip took place over four days within the Alachua Conservation Trust. The youth participated in various activities including paddling, hiking, and visiting the Florida Museum of Natural History. They participated in trail building and also removed algae and planted native grass seedlings to help restore one of the 13 natural springs on the property.  Evenings were spent cooking dinners together and reflecting on their relationship with nature. The Fellowship is offered during the school year and is open to youth who live, attend school, or a place of worship in our service area.

Admission to the program is a competitive process allocating a financial stipend to  fellows who complete all mandatory sessions.  The exposure to the green-space not only enlightens participants to the benefits of green space but battles statistics as only 12% of African Americans are avid campers.

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