Reconstruction Reflected, 150 Years Later with Edward Hightower

Reconstruction Reflected, 150 Years Later with Edward Hightower

The ongoing Reconstruction Era Theme Study is the reason why I was brought to the Southeast Region Office. Since my start in January 2015 I have been diligently researching Reconstruction stories to be interpreted at various parks within the region. So far I have identified thirty-three parks that are associated with Reconstruction in some form or fashion. There are a total of sixty-seven parks in the region.  I have been reporting my finds at each monthly Cultural Resources Division meeting and also at the Research …

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Adventure in the Everglades with Denise Diaz

Adventure in the Everglades with Denise Diaz

During my time at Everglades National Park, I’ve had the incredible opportunity to be thrust into the fast­-paced and amazing world of environmental education. The programs that this park has features are beyond anything I’ve ever seen or been able to be apart of before. The staff and park personnel that plan, organize, and execute the programs, both in Shark Valley and Royal Palm, are efficient, kind, and effective in their mission. Being able to be an intern in the midst of all of these wonderful …

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Park Leaders Show

Jody Maberry takes a deeper look into a sustainable organization advocating and spreading diversity in the conservation field. Listen to the chat here.

Angelou Ezeilo joins the Park Leaders Show to share her story and explain the work of Greening Youth Foundation. Greening Youth Foundation has had tremendous success connecting underrepresented youth and diverse young adults to careers in nature.

Greening Youth Foundation connects parks to diverse workers who are newly introduced to potential careers in conservation and outdoor recreation. Angelou points out that parks and organizations can longer say …

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Angelou Ezeilo, C’92, is an Environmental Activist on a Mission

Angelou Ezeilo, C’92, is an Environmental Activist on a Mission

Environmental activist Angelou Ezeilo and her husband James are among our nation’s foremost experts in preparing young people from urban communities to become responsible environmental stewards.

For close to a decade, the Ezeilos’ non-profit Greening Youth Foundation has pioneered culturally-based programs that help youth make healthy lifestyle choices, including focusing on public land management agencies and the conservation sector as a source of employment and careers.

Ezeilo is an expert in the development, placement and retention of racially-diverse young people in the environmental sector. She serves on the National …

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Environmental Education Gains Ground Under Every Student Succeeds Act

Environmental Education Gains Ground Under Every Student Succeeds Act

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act, also known as Every Student Succeeds Act, was passed by Congress and is en route to the President’s desk for signature. The Act is the federal government’s most significant education legislation, providing some $40 billion a year to support K-12 education in the United States.

Replacing the No Child Left Behind Act that has been in place since 2001, the Every Student Succeeds Act includes new provisions that support student learning about the environment, conservation and field studies:

Congress supports the …

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Donate to Greening Youth this Georgia Gives Day

Donate to Greening Youth this Georgia Gives Day

Greening Youth Foundation is an Atlanta-based nonprofit, dedicated to engaging underserved youth and young adults by connecting them to the outdoors as well as careers in conservation. Since 2012 the Georgia Center for Nonprofits has spearheaded its state-wide web-based fundraising initiative Georgia Gives Day, which is designed to streamline the fundraising process for not-for-profit organizations.

        Donate to Greening Youth Foundation, on Georgia Gives Day, so you too can help engage more youth, employ more young adults, and donate to the completion the …

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Greening Youth Foundation Receives USDA Forest Service Award

Greening Youth Foundation Receives USDA Forest Service Award

Greening Youth Foundation (GYF) received a “Diversity and Inclusiveness Award” at the Forest Service Regional Forester’s Annual Awards Ceremony on October 29, 2015. The award, in the Group Award category, was for a project in collaboration with the Osceola National Forest in FL, The Conservation Fund, The Nature Conservancy (TNC), and the Jacksonville Job Corps Center.

The project that won the award saw GYF receive funding from the USFS to offer 16 weeks of practical wildland fire-fighting experience at the Osceola NF to two recent Job …

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New Lindsay Street Park a preview of Westside’s future, say fans

New Lindsay Street Park a preview of Westside’s future, say fans

Purple fall flowers bloom in the new Lindsay Street Park in English Avenue.  It’s a modest-size site, a block wide, with places to play and relax on either side of a little trickle of stream that will flow into Proctor Creek, and on into the Chattachoochee River. At a ribbon-cutting on Wednesday, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said Proctor Creek’s cleanup is going to be very significant for the City of Atlanta.

“We’re only going to do more and more and more. And mark my words. Our …

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Legacy Campout 2015: Road to Centennial “WRAP UP”

A sprinkle here. A shower there. A little rain never gets in the way of a Legacy Campout!

The power to endure the challenging weather was inspired by no other than the momentous occasion that is the 2016 National Park Service Centennial. This year’s Legacy Campout themed “Road to Centennial” became the signature event to initiate centennial celebrations and spotlight the “Every Kid in a Park” initiative initiated by President Obama. The event drew crowds of dedicated 4th grade campers, parents, volunteers, and local and national …

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Cultivating Future Conservation Leaders

Cultivating Future Conservation Leaders

Every kid should have a creek. I had mine, a little silver rill that spilled through my grandma’s farm in central Georgia. Through the mystical chords of memory I can hear the closing wooden clack of her screen door already five yards behind me as I high-stepped it toward the freedom of the fields and woods. It was as joyful as eating ice cream on a hot day. The world was mine to discover and own then, an open book, the pages yet to be …

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