More about the Neighborhood Ecology Corps
The Neighborhood Ecology Corps is a free after-school program focused on exploring nature and the community in order to develop environmentally literate citizens. With our hybrid learning model, students can expect weekly meetings through a combination of video conferencing and socially distant gatherings at Walnut Creek Wetland Park.
The year begins with a week-long Summer Immersion Camp: an in-person, weeklong day camp August 9-13, 2021 that fosters community within the NEC cohort. Students will form lasting friendships, meet the NEC program instructors, and have fun investigating the outdoors through nature games and interactive team-building activities.
Students will meet weekly from 4-5:30pm, starting the 2nd week of September 2021 and continuing throughout the school year. Students will receive a $200 stipend upon the completion of their first year and may elect to continue into a 2- or 3-year program.
Through the Neighborhood Ecology Corps, students will have the opportunity to engage in:
- Outdoor excursions: Students will take field trips to places like local and state parks, museums, and nature preserves
- Journaling: Students will keep journals throughout the year to record and reflect on their experiences in nature
- Environmental stewardship: Students will work to protect and improve green spaces in their community by planting trees, gardens, and native plants, participating in stream clean ups, and working on trail restoration
- Education and career opportunities: Students will meet and network with environmental professionals and local universities to learn about course offerings, internships, college, and career opportunities
For more information, please contact NEC Program Coordinator Dymond Generette at firstname.lastname@example.org.