Youth Community Stewardship/Leadership Program Offered

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Penn State Extension will conduct a hands-on workshop in Susquehanna County for youths ages 13-18, focusing on taking charge to lead conservation projects. The “Youth Community Stewardship Program” is a free environmental stewardship camp for youths who want to get their hands dirty, take charge and learn to lead conservation projects that make a difference in our world. It will be offered by Penn State Extension from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday to Thursday, June 7, 8 and 9 in person at Oakland Borough Building and D&H Rail-Trail, in a hands-on workshop.

The workshop will teach youth the skills needed to lead projects in their community and provide a hands-on opportunity to learn about water testing to assure a healthy ecosystem and how watersheds impact life on earth. To help protect the creek, participants will also help plant a riparian buffer to ensure a safe habitat for local wildlife and to prevent soil erosion. Participants will work with Penn State Extension Master Gardeners and Community Leadership Educators to become community environmental leaders.

This workshop will cover:

How to lead a community project

How climate change impacts our environment

Why native plants are important to our climate

How to install/plant an eco-friendly habitat

Registrations for this free workshop will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. May 5. Registration is required to participate in the workshop at no charge. More information can be found on the Penn State Extension website at

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