Developing and Delivering Youth Environmental Education in Jefferson County

Front Range Region



Primary Topic:

Natural Resources and Sustainability

Other Topics:

Emergency Planning and Resources, Food and Agriculture, Natural Resources and Sustainability, Youth and Family Development

Lead Mentor:  

Josey Pukrop

4-H Youth Development Agent

Internship Overview:

Ready to gain more experience teaching? This internship combines educational program development and delivery with a great mentor team ready to guide you. Core programming topics will be natural resources and horticulture, with focuses of wildfire mitigation, water conservation and food security, but your passions can easily be integrated. You’ll begin your internship with partnerships based with underserved populations, in low-income housing authorities, and in communities at high risk of wildfire. You’ll have ownership over your internship and the space to thrive in a self-driven environment, and will be able to shape the majority of the educational topics you teach to best suit your strengths and interests.

Goals, Scope and Objectives:

This internship will focus on facilitating youth educational programming, related to natural resources and horticulture, in Jefferson County. Key activities will include planning, implementing, and evaluating one-off and weekly workshops that include interactive, hands-on activities. Programming will be targeted towards local low-income housing sites, underserved audiences, and communities within Jefferson County located in areas of high wildfire risk.

The intern will coordinate events and activities for youth throughout the summer and for the community at the Jefferson County 4-H Fair. The on-site supervisor team will work directly with the intern to help them develop these new and innovative programs. The intern will also develop an evaluation tool using 4-H Common Measures to assess the success of the educational outreach programs conducted.

With which stakeholder group(s) will the intern work?

The main stakeholder groups for this internship are youth who are predominantly from underserved populations across Jefferson County.

What student learning outcomes do you anticipate and what are the opportunities for professional development?

The intern will learn about and experience best practice curriculum development and teaching strategies while working with diverse at-risk populations. They will have the opportunity to engage in hands-on learning, while practicing program development and evaluation. Throughout the internship, the student will be engaging with a diverse range of stakeholders and community partners. They will build professional relationships while practicing their networking skills while in a supportive environment.

The intern will have the opportunity to gain more in-depth knowledge regarding key topics within the natural resources and horticulture fields. The intern will learn ecological and natural resource management best practices for wildfire mitigation, preparedness, home hardening techniques and prescriptions related to Lower and Upper Montane forest restoration. Furthermore, the intern will learn about research-based gardening practices, soil health and soil carbon cycling, and the complexities of the food system within Jefferson County.
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