Environmental Education

Lowell Leaders in Stewardship - Youth Environmental Education Program

         Lowell Leaders in Stewardship is an after-school environmental education program run in partnership with the Lowell Parks & Conservation Trust (LP&CT) and Mass Audubon Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary (Audubon) with support from the Lowell Public Schools.  Since 2005, this program has offered STEM-based environmental education programs at a variety of locations throughout Lowell.  The partnership leverages resources that neither organization could deliver alone; LP&CT provides local knowledge, resources, and partnership collaborations. Audubon staff brings a wealth of natural history knowledge including native wildlife to complement the skills of LP&CT’s staff which are focused on experiential learning and youth engagement.  Together, this program provides youth the opportunity to contribute to improving the world around them in such a way that they can see positive change on the ground.

Lowell Leaders in Stewardship News!

Bora

The Path To Leadership in Lowell

     Our very own Bora Poun was recently featured in the summer issue of Mass Audubon's Connections newsletter!  Check out the article about his journey from student to teacher here: http://www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/wildlife-sanctuaries/drumlin-far...

TREES Group Receives Mass Cultural Council Grant

     The TREES group at Lowell High School has recently been awarded an Amplify Youth Voices Grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council for their project proposal entitled “Urban Parks: The Best of Both Worlds.”

     A group of dedicated eleventh- and twelfth- graders, TREES grew out of the “Environmental Adventures” Compass after-school program at Freshman Academy, as they wanted to continue in our Lowell Leaders in Stewardship program as upper-classmen. Deciding to name their group “Teens Representing Environmental Excellency and Stewardship (TREES),” they took it upon themselves to continue doing environmental work at LHS under the guidance of partner organizations LP&CT and Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm.

    When after-school educators Carolyn Meklenburg (LP&CT) and Sally Farrow (Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm) told the group about the funding opportunity for a project that would positively impact their community, the students didn’t hesitate to start the application—with little guidance from Carolyn and Sally. The group drew upon their personal experiences with “Environmental Adventures” to identify a need in their community: they decided that not enough people in Lowell were aware of the urban parks and green spaces that they have been able to explore. The students began their plans for an event in Lucy Larcom Park on Saturday, April 23—during the city-wide Earth Day celebration—that will inform families about a different park in each of Lowell’s neighborhoods, accompanied by environmentally-themed activities for children. The students also hope to distribute “passports” that will encourage families to visit different parks throughout the city. After completing the written application and a video narrative of their plans, the students were one of twelve groups to receive funding. We’re so proud of their leadership and initiative!  

TREES Students: Andy Un, Amanda Chim, Sarah Silva, Brian Holmberg, Unga Emedi, Rithany Kheam, Angeline Castillo, John Rodriguez, Donald Hou, Andre Ragel, and Edwin Chamba

Read about this project and others funded by the MCC Amplify Youth Voices Grant here.

Partnership with Lowell National Historical Park: Field Trip Grant Recipient!

We are excited to announce that, in partnership with the Lowell National Historical Park, we have received a field trip grant from the National Park Foundation! The 186 field trip grants that have been distributed support the National Park's "Every Kind in a Park" initiative, which aims to get every fourth-grader in the country to visit a national park in honor of the NPS centennial this year.

Read more about our role in this initiative here!

Climate Change Education

The online educational resource, Conservation in a Changing Climate, currently features our Lowell Leaders in Stewardship program as one of its youth education case studies! We're excited to be included in this effort to promote clear and effective conversations about climate change. Check out our case study and explore other resources for climate change education here.

The Land Trust Alliance's national magazine also published an article about this online resource, and highlights our case study. See the magazine article here.

    

    Lowell Leaders in Stewardship were featured in the Land Trust Alliance's Saving Land magazine. Read the inspiring article here!