Conservancy projects all across the state are connecting youth with nature and cultivating the next generation of conservationists. Scroll through the slideshow to see some of these projects.
In a world stricken by fast-paced land conversion, accessible natural areas for study and play may become increasingly important in shaping the next generation's attitudes about the environment.
One example is in northeast Ohio's Ashtabula County, where students are underperforming in science. Retired schoolteacher Janet Grout believes part of the solution may lie nearby at The Nature Conservancy's Grand River Conservation Campus.
Janet and other volunteers have already led field trips on site for more than 200 students from local schools. Nearby Lake Erie College students are using the preserve for their on-the-ground education needs. An environmental education center opening in late 2017 will further expand the learning opportunities available.
On the other side of the state, outside Toledo, the Conservancy is overseeing a land stewardship training program that has engaged dozens of University of Toledo and Bowling Green State University students, providing them with on-the-ground skills needed to enter the workforce.
And in Cincinnati, a new partnership between the Conservancy and Groundwork Cincinnati is giving Cincinnati Public School students the chance to compare and contrast their local Mill Creek with that of Ohio Brush Creek, a healthy stream running through the Conservancy's Edge of Appalachia Preserve in Adams County.
The Edge of Appalachia Preserve also hosts some 1,300 school children from around Adams county each year as part of free programming facilitated by the Cincinnati Museum Center, the Conservancy's preserve partner.
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