Education Programs for Youth: School's Out


Target Audience:

Resource/hatchery managers, educators, outdoor recreation planners, park rangers or other land management employees who offer or wish to offer non-formal youth education programs in an outdoor, natural setting.

Summary and Objectives:

This course presents participants with the elements of designing outdoor programs for youth (e.g. after school, day and residential camps, and weekend programs) in a non-formal setting, such as wildlife refuges, parks, etc. This course offers opportunities to create or modify exciting, safe, natural resource focused youth programs that help to address site missions and/or management objectives. Participants will use a program design model to work on their own youth program during the course, then complete and implement it as a required post-course assignment.

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Explain how your youth program meets your site's mission and goals.
  • Describe steps in planning and designing an outdoor education youth program by using the youth program planning and evaluation model.
  • Develop techniques for building staff leadership for working with youth.
  • Demonstrate activities that will rapidly build youth and staff cohesiveness.
  • Present a sample component from your program plan to other course participants.
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