Youth Action Community 2022!

Youth Action Community 2022!

If you are interested in getting involved with YAC, please fill out this application!

Please view the updated Ironwood Tree Experience Covid-19 Safety Guidelines for Participants


Madeline, David, & Isolde ponder a horned lizard

 

YAC teens embrace their love of nature, people, and community by engaging in activities, initiatives, internships, and programs through Conservation & Restoration, Environmental Education, and Sustainable Community Development!

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Any youth who has participated in previous ITE programs is automatically a YAC member. All YAC members are encouraged to participate in fun monthly activities ranging from workshops to backcountry adventures, where young people meet friends, share stories, and become part of committees that are making a difference in the community.

 

The Desert Alchemist, Hernan Castro, leading a YAC Workshop (Sept 2021)

YAC Programs

Joining YAC makes you eligible for four monthly programs!

YAC Workshops: Monthly explorations with local scientists, artists, educators and ITE staff to explore a specific topic. Past YAC Workshops include: The Magical World of Mushrooms with Hernan Castro; Ofrenda Making with ITE Field Instructor Rebecca Perez; Worthiness and Land with artist and entrepreneur Vana Dee Lewis. Open to community members with RSVP.

Dot “jumping” into their first leaf pile at Las Cienegas National Conservation Area

YAC Outdoors: Monthly hikes, walks, and campouts that explore the integration of nature in everyday life and develop skills and experience for a lifetime of nature connections and stewardship! We incorporate creative expression (painting, writing, photography, natural building) into these adventures Past YAC Outdoors experiences have included visits to KERP (Kino Environmental Restoration Project), birdwatching at Paton Hummingbird Center in Patagonia, camping in Coronado National Forest and National Parks, community gatherings at Agua Caliente Park, and natural building at Las Cienegas National Conservation Area.

ITE Alumni Meet N Greet Dec. 2021

YAC Alumni: An online community for ITE alumni of all ages to come together once a month and learn with one another as well as professionals in environmental sciences. Past YAC Alumni meetings have included learning about Southwestern tornadoes with alumni Nola, diving into the world of Sonoran seabirds with alum Jared, and exploring lunar mapping with ASU scientist Madeleine Manheim.

 


YAC Spring 2022 Calendar

YAC Calendar 2022

MonthDate ACTIVITYActivity Locations
MarchSaturday 3/5/22 8:00AM-5:00PMYAC Outdoors: Art and Birdwatching and Natural Building at Canelo ProjectCanelo Hills, AZ
Thursday 3/31/22 5:00PM-6:00PMITE Alumni Zoom Meeting: Equinox and Spring Self CareZoom
AprilSaturday 4/9/22 9:00AM-12:00PMYAC Outdoors: Family & Friends Sweetwater BirdwatchingSweetwater Wetlands
Tuesday 4/5/22-Wednesday 4/6/22 All Day!AZ Gives Day: Volunteers Needed!ITE Urban Field Station
Thursday 4/21/22 5:00PM-6:00PMITE Alumni Zoom: Student PresentationZoom
MayFriday 5/13/22 4:30PM-7:00PMCreativity on the Fly Galley Showcase!ITE Urban Field Station
Saturday 5/14/22 Time TBDYAC Outdoors: Urban BirdingTBD
Thursday 5/19/22 5:00PM-6:00PMITE Alumni Zoom: Intersectional EnvironmentalismZoom
YAC Calendar

Contact

Do you have questions about joining YAC? Email Kristen Sawyer, Youth Development Director, at Kristen@ironwoodtreeexperience.org

 

YAC Alumni

YAC – Gianna

Gianna Alvarenga

YAC – Gianna
CAT – Andrea

Andrea Casas

CAT – Andrea
YAC – Miguel

Miguel Ceballos

YAC – Miguel
Matvey

Matvey Cronyn

Matvey
Deshawn Davis

Deshawn Davis

Deshawn Davis
YAC – Sebrana

Sebrana Dowayee

YAC – Sebrana
Diego Gray

Diego Gray

Diego Gray
YAC – Hako

Hakó Kaplan

YAC – Hako
Sam

Sam Love

Sam
Michaela Silva

Michaela Silva

Michaela Silva

Josh Heath

Love

Lové Garcia

Love
Isaiah

Isaiah Haley

Isaiah
Diego

Diego Huerta

Diego
Nola

Nola Stockam

Nola
EMC – Yada

Yada Leal

EMC – Yada
Annie

Annie Hanson

Annie
YAC – Ben

Ben Ge

YAC – Ben
YAC – Claire

Claire Yarrington

YAC – Claire
YAC – Gabe

Gabe Sampliner

YAC – Gabe
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Josh Levine

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YAC – Lydia

Lydia Ge

YAC – Lydia
Will

Will Kleiner

Will
YAC – Izaiah

Izaiah Provencio

YAC – Izaiah
Ethan

Ethan Shooshtari

Ethan
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David Cervantes

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Abbey

Abbey Mandell

Abbey
Samantha

Samantha Duranta

Samantha
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Phoebe

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Alegria

Alegria Gray

Alegria
Jared Russo

Jared Russo

Jared Russo
YASWC – Carlos

Carlos Raygoza

YASWC – Carlos
YASWC – Clarissa

Clarissa Savel

YASWC – Clarissa
YAC – Samantha

Samantha Zazueta

YAC – Samantha
Jazleen

Jazleen de la Vara

Jazleen
Pino

Arthur Pino

Pino