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The goal of the Cornell Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences Youth Education Program is to help young people and their teachers and leaders develop the ability to critically analyze environmental and resource management issues.

To reach its goal, the Youth Program develops initiatives in various disciplines, including natural resources, ecology, water resources, waste management, environmental toxicology, and sustainable agriculture. The programs convey scientific knowledge as well as the processes, including observation, monitoring, experimental research, and participatory action research, through which that knowledge is acquired. An emphasis on science content and process is what distinguishes the Cornell Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences Youth Education Program.

The Youth Program includes activities for all levels of environmental understanding, ranging from projects emphasizing discovery, observation, and stewardship for elementary/middle school audiences, to research for high school teachers and students.