The YES! program is a partnership between Ironwood Tree Experience, Chris In-Albon, Cienega Watershed Partnership and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The programs takes place over nine sessions during the months of June and July. Up to twelve youth ages 15 to 19 are selected from applications submitted by May 8. Transportation from Tucson and Vail is provided to the Las Cienegas National Conservation Area which is managed by the BLM. Students who attend all session receive up to a $250 stipend for their work.
The first sessions include an orientation to the area and an overview of the management issues. Mid program, students engage in activities such as assessing site conditions, training in facilitation and project planning. During the final sessions participants carry out a project and evaluate their efforts.
The adult leaders include experienced environmental educators from Empire High School, Ironwood Tree Experience, Cienega Watershed Partnership with support from experts in ecology, botany, herpetology, mammalogy and much more!
Watch THE NEW KEEPERS, an AZPM video about the YES! Program
Interested? Please click HERE to learn more and apply. Applications due May 8
YES! 2016 Schedule Morning Meeting Time: 7AM at Ironwood Tree Experience – Urban Field Station/7:30AM at Empire HS
|session||2017 Dates & Times||Location||Session Topic & Location|
|1||May 20, Sat 10AM-Noon||@ Ironwood Tree Experience||Orientation|
|2||June 5, Mon 7AM-3:30PM||TBD||Team Building|
|3||June 7, Wed 7AM-3:30PM||Las Cienegas National Conservation Area||Introduction and Background|
|4||June 12, Mon 7AM-3:30PM||Las Cienegas National Conservation Area||Assessment of Stewardship Sites: Cultural History|
|5||June 14, Wed 7AM-3:30PM||Las Cienegas National Conservation Area||Assessment of Stewardship Sites: Sacaton Grasslands & Ponds|
|6||June 19, Mon 7AM-3:30PM||Las Cienegas National Conservation Area||Assessment of Stewardship Sites: Prairie Dogs & Antelope|
|7||June 21, Wed 8AM-2PM||@ Ironwood Tree Experience||Leadership Training and Youth Board Roles|
|8||June 26, Mon 7AM-3:30PM||@ Ironwood Tree Experience||Stewardship Project Planning|
|9||June 28, Wed 7AM-3:30PM||Las Cienegas National Conservation Area||Stewardship Project Planning|
|10||July 6, Thu 7AM-3:30PM||Las Cienegas National Conservation Area||Stewardship Project Implementation: Field Work|
|11||July 8, Sat 7AM-3:30PM||Las Cienegas National Conservation Area||Field Work/Volunteer Day|
|12||July 9, Sun 8AM-2PM||@ Ironwood Tree Experience||YES Graduation / Celebration: 8AM-2PM|