Students will be able to learn about winter ecology, public lands conservation and minimizing impacts upon the land through a new program being offered this winter.
The Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Foundation has hired Sydney Arens to serve as its first winter wilderness educator. It's an effort to increase youth participation in national forests and the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness.
Arens will lead students on nature hikes, snowshoe walks, or visit classrooms for natural science lessons that meet teachers' curricular needs. Arens will be available through the end of the school year, and all programs are free of charge.
Arens recently graduated from the University of Minnesota-Duluth with a Biology degree and has a background in outdoor education. Her position is a collaboration between the ABWF and the Custer Gallatin National Forest to provide outdoor and science-based educational opportunities for K-12 youth from communities surrounding the wilderness.
To coordinate with Arens, either outdoors or in the classroom, contact the ABWF at 406-425-1944 or email the group at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The ABWF and Custer Gallatin National Forest received a $5,000 grant for “More Kids in the Woods” from the U.S. Forest Service Region 1 and a $4,500 grant from the National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance. Arens was hired through the Student Conservation Association.
The ABWF is a nonprofit based in Red Lodge that encourages citizens of all ages to get more involved in the stewardship of their protected public lands and sponsors volunteer projects and educational programs that benefit the wilderness.
For more information about ABWF projects and programs, log on to: www.abwilderness.org.