Summer Adventure! Envisioning Urban to Wild-  Now Recruiting

Summer Adventure! Envisioning Urban to Wild- Now Recruiting

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A future that restores the health, beauty and diversity of the biosphere and our communities can seem like a distant vision. This June, eight youth interns ages 16 through 20 will join Ironwood Tree Experience and The Wilderness Society on an 11 day expedition to Albuquerque, New Mexico, home of an established Urban to Wild program. Interns will explore and connect to the uplands of the Sandia mountains, the Rio Grande Watershed, and engage with renowned New Mexican leaders and organizations who are addressing climate change, environmental justice, and conservation to ensure that Albuquerque is a healthy, thriving, beautiful and a biologically and culturally diverse community. Through a comparative community lens, Interns will collaborate to envision a restorative and resilient future for Tucson and Southern Arizona culminating in a presentation for the Tucson community.


Important Details

  • Total number of available spots: 8
  • Eligibility: youth ages 16 through 20 who have participated in previous Ironwood Tree Experience programs
  • Program Fee: Free with completion of scholarship application (see below)
  • Application Due Date: Friday, May 27
  • Interns will tent camp with access to showers and cooking facilities
  • Covid-19 vaccination required. ITE staff will provide information and support for each applicant to meet vaccination requirement. Up to date vaccinations must be complete by June 1, 2022.

DateActivityLocations
Friday 5/27Application Due, interviews to followSee below
Wednesday 6/8
Program Orientation Meet & Greet ITE Urban Field Station
Thursday 6/9Day Trip: Field ExcursionTucson
Monday 6/13Depart for ExpeditionTucson to Albuquerque
Tuesday 6/14Meeting our TWS Partners and Exploring the Rio GrandeAlbuquerque NM
Wednesday 6/15Connecting with Community GardensAlbuquerque NM
Thursday 6/16 Connecting with Community Sustainability Projects Albuquerque NM
Friday 6/17
Exploring Albuquerque and Free TimeAlbuquerque NM
Saturday 6/18Exploring the Sandia MountainsAlbuquerque NM
Sunday 6/19
Urban Wildlife Refuge and KayakingAlbuquerque NM
Monday 6/20Envisioning workshopsAlbuquerque NM
Wednesday 6/22Envisioning workshops and PresentationsAlbuquerque NM
Thursday 6/23Return HomeAlbuquerque to Tucson
Saturday 6/25Community Presentations and CelebrationTucson (venue TBD)

Application and Scholarship Form

Envisioning Urban to Wild: Summer Internship Program, is for youth ages 16-20 who have participated in previous ITE programs. Partial scholarship funding is provided by the Dustin and Kristen Yoder Memorial Foundation. The majority of funding is provided by The Wilderness Society.
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  • Include a little bit about who you are, what you value about ITE, what are some ITE programs and activities that you have done, and what you value about community and nature.
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  • Please indicate if plan to seek credit for this internship. You must prearrange the credit and reporting requirements with your teacher ahead of time. ITE staff can work with your teacher to facilitate this process.
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  • Youth interns ages 16 through 20 will join Ironwood Tree Experience and The Wilderness Society on an 11 day expedition to Albuquerque, New Mexico. Interns will explore and connect to the uplands of the Sandia mountains, the Rio Grande Watershed, and engage with renowned New Mexican leaders and organizations who are addressing climate change, environmental justice, and conservation to ensure that Albuquerque is a healthy, thriving, beautiful and a biologically and culturally diverse community. Through a comparative community lens, Interns will collaborate to envision a restorative and resilient future for Tucson and Southern Arizona culminating in a presentation for the Tucson community.
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