Youth Ambassadors for Southwest Cultures. During a time where challenges are more global than they are local, our connection to place and community has never been so important. Youth Ambassadors explore, experience and connect our community to nature and the various stories and realities that make the borderlands, Sonoran Desert and sky islands mountains so diverse and resilient. In fact, the skills youth practice within this program ranging from backcountry hikes to exploring the back alleys of our urban ecosystem are paramount to staying connected in these changing times. Youth Ambassadors are responsible for sharing the stories of their experiences at the end of the the program in a public forum
Program Description: Youth will participate in a holistic, bioregional, cultural experience rooted in exploring the diverse communities living along the Santa Cruz river between Nogales and Tucson, AZ. Youth will explore natural environments and human cultures in order to develop interactive presentations for the Juan Bautista De Anza National Historic Trail which will be used to directly serve public schools in Southeastern Arizona.
Adventure and Learning: Working with National Park Service rangers and Ironwood Tree Experience staff, youth will practice interpretive presentation skills in relation to the native plants, wildlife and cultural history of the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail. This free program requires selected participants to attend all weekend field trips.
Dates: April 3, 10, 17, 24 (Exact dates subject to change depending upon Covid-19 status)
Application Due Date: 8th Grade program application due March 20