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Youth Leading Environmental Change
In 2016 CARP is launching the Youth Leading Environmental Change initiative.

Youth Leading Environmental Change is a free program that will engage youth throughout the Annapolis River watershed in environmental education, stewardship actions and leadership development training. Youth will have the opportunity to learn how landscape features and functions impact human and environmental health, as well as community wellbeing. Participants will reinforce their understanding of these concepts and apply them through a variety of environmental restoration and stewardship activities that will positively impact their community and the health of the ecosystem.

Activities in which students will be engaged include:

Community reforestation

Students will be involved in planting trees and shrubs in a variety of landscapes on publicly accessible lands to restore shoreline habitats, create wildlife habitat, and improve storm-water management.

Wood turtle conservation

Students will assist with monitoring activities such as visual surveys and radio-tracking of wood turtles, providing them with practical experience in following scientific protocols. Students will also have the opportunity to explore significant areas of wood turtle habitat in order to learn about stewardship actions that conserve species at risk.

Fish habitat restoration

Students will assist in remediating sites that are creating critical barriers for fish migration by building in-stream structures, installing fish passage devices, and removing accumulated debris from watercourse crossings which fragment fish habitat.

What is required of participants?

Students participating in the program will be expected to:
  • Participate in a program orientation session in late April/early May
  • Senior students*: participate in at least 6 field activities between May-September
  • Junior students**: participate in at least 3 field activities between May-September
  • Complete field journal entries after each field day
  • Prepare and deliver an individual final presentation about their experience
* Senior Students (Grade 9-12)
** Junior students (Grade 5-8)

The Program Leader will work with students and their parents to develop a field schedule that accommodates participants’ schedules. Clean Annapolis River Project field work is typically scheduled weekdays between 8:30-4:30, but additional field days may be added to meet students’ needs.

When does the program take place?

The program will run from May through the end of October 2016.


CARP will be accepting applications for the Youth Leading Environmental Change program until April 14.

Program orientation sessions

Program orientation sessions Monday May 2, Middleton @ Middleton Regional High School
5:00-6:00, Room 106

Tuesday May 3, Annapolis Royal @ Annapolis West Education Center
5:15-6:15, Room 312

Wednesday May 4, Bridgetown @Bridgetown Regional High School
5:30-6:30, Library

Field activities

Group event: World Fish Migration Day, Saturday May 21. 12:00-2:00 for YLEC participants
This is a public event for families, the fill day runs 11:00-3:00. Everyone welcome.

Final Presentations

Presentations will be scheduled in October 2016.

Program benefits

Participants will:
  • learn a variety of transferable skills related to science and field biology;
  • enhance and demonstrate their communication and leadership skills;
  • actively contribute to the ecological health of natural ecosystems in their community;
  • complete volunteer community service hours that can be counted towards academic and extra-curricular program requirements (eg. Duke of Edinburgh).
Upon completion of the program, participants will receive a certificate of achievement, as well as a letter of recognition from the Clean Annapolis River Project outlining the skills they have acquired and the hours of volunteer service contributed.

Who can apply?

There are two age categories, grades 5-8 and 9-12. Participation is limited to students attending schools located within the Annapolis River watershed or home-schooled students living within the watershed. There is no cost for participation in the program!

How do I apply?

Download the application form here

Contact information

If you have any questions about the program we encourage you to contact Program Leader, Katie McLean, at the Clean Annapolis River Project office:

Katie McLean

Application deadline: April 14, 2016

About the Clean Annapolis River Project

The Clean Annapolis River Project (CARP) is a community based, non-profit organization with a mission to enhance the ecological health of the Annapolis River watershed through science, leadership and community engagement.

We gratefully acknowledge the support of WWF-Canada and the Rural Communities Foundation of Nova Scotia.

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