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.