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

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