Dear Educator, March 2014

Our country’s first National Park is home to the Yellowstone’s Youth Conservation Corps (YELL-YCC), a residential youth employment program founded on service learning concepts implemented through stewardship projects. Education is an integrated into all projects, through the Resource Education Curriculum (REC). This curriculum consists of 17 one-hour lessons developed to enhance the YELL-YCC experience.

The REC was developed for 8th-12th grade students in outdoor settings, divided into groups of 4-6 students each, highlighting specific concepts related to the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, but is adaptable in group size, level, and content. The REC is divided into five themes: leadership, cultural heritage, ecological relationships, stewardship, and sustainability. They are designed to be printed (double-sided) on 8.5 X 11” card stock. The pages need to be cut in half and sorted before being taken into the field.

We would like to acknowledge for their help in the development, implementation, editing, and formatting of the REC: Liz Flaherty, Bob Fuhrmann, Kelly Fuller, Shealse Harrison, Matt Ohlen, and YELL-YCC Staff. The Science and Mathematics Teaching Center and the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Wyoming supported this work. The products are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the funding agencies.

Sincerely,

Kristen Schulte & Ana Houseal

Recent Submissions

  • 20. Yellowstone's Youth Conservation Corps Resource Education Curriculum 

    Author(s):Schulte, Kristen; Houseal, Ana K.; Schulte, Kristen; Houseal, Ana K.
    Date:2014-01-01
  • 19. Summary Of The Weeks Focus Of Resource Education In Yellowstone's Youth Conservation Corps 

    Author(s):Schulte, Kristen; Houseal, Ana K.; Schulte, Kristen; Houseal, Ana K.
    Date:2014-01-01
  • 18. Sustainability Lesson #2 : The Big Ideas of Sustainability 

    Author(s):Schulte, Kristen; Houseal, Ana K.; Schulte, Kristen; Houseal, Ana K.
    Date:2014-01-01
    This lesson explores the main concepts of sustainability through various activities.
  • 17. Sustainability Lesson #1 : Perspectives on Sustainability 

    Author(s):Schulte, Kristen; Houseal, Ana K.; Schulte, Kristen; Houseal, Ana K.
    Date:2014-01-01
    This lesson introduces various definitions of sustainability that youth will examine and discuss. They will conclude by creating a working definition of sustainability for the YELL-YCC.
  • 16. Stewardship Lesson #3: Reflecton -- Transference 

    Author(s):Schulte, Kristen; Houseal, Ana K.; Schulte, Kristen; Houseal, Ana K.
    Date:2014-01-01
    This lesson allows youth to reflect on what they learned during their YELL-YCC stewardship experience and brainstorm stewardship project possibilities applicable to their home communities.
  • 15. Stewardship Lesson #2: Thinking Like a Mountain 

    Author(s):Schulte, Kristen; Houseal, Ana K.; Schulte, Kristen; Houseal, Ana K.
    Date:2014-01-01
    This lesson introduces youth to the essay "Thinking like a Mountain" that discusses the need to respect the natural balance of nature.
  • 14. Stewardship Lesson #1 : Connecting to the Land 

    Author(s):Schulte, Kristen; Houseal, Ana K.; Schulte, Kristen; Houseal, Ana K.
    Date:2014-01-01
    This lesson uses a variety of activities to explore what youth believe are the essential ingredients of stewardship. It also explores the importance of place in relation to stewardship.
  • 13. Leadership Lesson #4: Peer Coaching -- Finding Resolution 

    Author(s):Schulte, Kristen; Houseal, Ana K.; Schulte, Kristen; Houseal, Ana K.
    Date:2014-01-01
    This lesson introduces the practice of peer coaching and develop youth peer coaching skills. Peer coaching can be a great way to bounce ideas off of a trusted thinking partner and avoid unnecessary stress or worry.
  • 12. Leadership Lesson #3 : Decision Making & Judgment 

    Author(s):Schulte, Kristen; Houseal, Ana K.; Schulte, Kristen; Houseal, Ana K.
    Date:2014-01-01
    This lesson provides youth with an understanding of decision making styles and criteria for choosing which style is best for them during different situations.
  • 11. Leadership Lesson #2: Communicate with Clarity 

    Author(s):Schulte, Kristen; Houseal, Ana K.; Schulte, Kristen; Houseal, Ana K.
    Date:2014-01-01
    This lesson introduces youth to a powerful exercise that teaches them how to work together and communicate in groups.
  • 10. Leadership Lesson #1: Understanding Leadership Styles 

    Author(s):Schulte, Kristen; Houseal, Ana K.; Schulte, Kristen; Houseal, Ana K.
    Date:2014-01-01
    This lesson encourages youth to discuss the nature of leadership.
  • 09. Cultural Heritage Lesson #3 : It's a Dilemma -- You Decide 

    Author(s):Schulte, Kristen; Houseal, Ana K.; Schulte, Kristen; Houseal, Ana K.
    Date:2014-01-01
    This lesson focuses on the difficulty of balancing a natural/cultural management decision while adhering to the National Park Service dual mission statement.
  • 08. Culture Heritage Lesson #2: Yellowstone in Time 

    Author(s):Schulte, Kristen; Houseal, Ana K.; Schulte, Kristen; Houseal, Ana K.
    Date:2014-01-01
    This lesson introduces youth to the different historical perspectives of concepts, events, and people that influenced Yellowstone National Park by conducting interviews and building a timeline of Yellowstone's human history.
  • 07. Culture Heritage Lesson #1: Perceptions of Yellowstone 

    Author(s):Schulte, Kristen; Houseal, Ana K.; Schulte, Kristen; Houseal, Ana K.
    Date:2014-01-01
    This lesson introduces youth to the National Park Service's (NPS) mission, while exploring the perceptions of early visitors to Yellowstone National Park (YNP) through a letter activity.
  • 06. Ecological Relationships Lesson #5: Wolf Reintroduction 

    Author(s):Schulte, Kristen; Houseal, Ana K.; Schulte, Kristen; Houseal, Ana K.
    Date:2014-01-01
    This lesson introduces youth to thinking critically about wolves in Yellowstone National Park (YNP) while looking to resources to build their understanding of ecological and conservation issues.
  • 04. Ecological Relationships Lesson #3 : Clark the Nutcracker 

    Author(s):Schulte, Kristen; Houseal, Ana K.; Schulte, Kristen; Houseal, Ana K.
    Date:2014-01-01
    This lesson introduces the art of creating a species account. The account identifies the important qualities of a species through a scientific drawing. This then leads to exploration of the interrelationship of the Clark's ...
  • 02. Ecological Relationships Lesson #1: Observation is a Skill 

    Author(s):Schulte, Kristen; Houseal, Ana K.; Schulte, Kristen; Houseal, Ana K.
    Date:2014-01-01
    This lesson consists of three activities that introduce youth to guided scientific inquiry. They will learn to make careful observations, ask questions, and create connections to their own lives while learning about the ...
  • 05. Ecological Relationships Lesson #4: Up in Smoke! 

    Author(s):Schulte, Kristen; Houseal, Ana K.; Schulte, Kristen; Houseal, Ana K.
    Date:2014-01-01
    This lesson introduces youth to the effects of fire on the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE) using observations and guided inquiry.
  • 03. Ecological Relationships Lesson #2 : Geology Shapes the Landscape 

    Author(s):Schulte, Kristen; Houseal, Ana K.; Schulte, Kristen; Houseal, Ana K.
    Date:2014-01-01
    This lesson assesses youths' prior knowledge of geological processes and introduces the development of the ecosystem over time. Additionally, it examines the natural succession of plant communities and subsequent ecosystem ...
  • 01. Overview of the Resource Education Curriculum Progression 

    Author(s):Schulte, Kristen; Houseal, Ana K.; Schulte, Kristen; Houseal, Ana K.
    Date:2014-01-01