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Project Wild America Youth Ambassadors

RTPI is committed to increasing awareness of our region’s natural history. We strive to promote environmental literacy and stewardship; we aspire to inspire the next generation of nature artists, educators, and naturalists. In 2015, RTPI started the “Project Wild America (PWA) Youth Ambassador” program as a platform to engage local youth in such efforts. Each summer since, high school and college aged students assist RTPI staff in researching the area’s biodiversity, open young kids’ eyes to the wonders of nature through engaging children’s programming, and convey positive environmental stewardship messages, gained through first-hand experience, to area residents, policy makers, and visitors. This program provides area youth with relevant job experience and professional training and allows them to explore local nature much like Roger Tory Peterson did, more than a century ago.

Please contact Melanie Smith, Manager of Education and Communications at 716-665-2473 x221 or [email protected] for details about this program.

Note that due to COVID-19 concerns we are currently not offering this program, but please contact us for details on future opportunities to get involved.

2019 PWA Youth Ambassadors