County Park Commission Seeks Applicants for Environmental Youth Stewardship Program

Deadline Is June 30

BRIDGEWATER, NJ  The Somerset County Park Commission is seeking teens, ages 14 to 17 years, to apply to its Youth Environmental Stewardship (Y.E.S.) program. The three-day hands-on program will focus on ecological stewardship and the environment. Each day, participants will enhance their knowledge of native habitats through project work while building skills in leadership and teambuilding. There will also be a recreational or educational session each day. Participants who complete the program will earn a Stewardship Certificate from the Environmental Education Center (EEC). There will be a limited number of applicants chosen. The fee for the program is $30.

The YES program is an excellent opportunity for teens who are considering earning a degree in environmental science or natural resource management. Participants also will have the chance to experience the outdoors in a professional setting as they learn about ecology, the impact of invasive species, urgent environmental issues, and the practical steps individuals can take to help promote a healthier forest.

Applications, Dates, Times & Cost

The deadline to apply is Friday, June 30. The $30 fee will be collected upon acceptance of the program. Participants who complete a minimum of two out of three sessions will be awarded an EEC Stewardship Certificate from the Somerset County Park Commission.

YES sessions will take place from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday July 12 and 19, and from 3:30 to 10 p.m. on Wednesday, July 26. The rain date is July 28.

For more information or to request an application, email Daniel Ross at Webpage with info?

Environmental Education Center (EEC)

The EEC at Lord Stirling Park offers approximately nine miles of hiking trails, Naturalist-led programs, school field trips, fun festivals, nature-themed exhibits, facility and classroom rentals, a resource library, science and conservation research and more. The EEC’s goal is to improve environmental literacy in Somerset County and beyond.


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