THUNDER BAY – Stewardship Youth Rangers were on-site today at Confederation College as part of their three day campus visit to participate in environmental and natural resource sciences workshops. A total of 30 rangers are learning about natural resource management – benefiting from both theory and hands-on knowledge – and are exploring education and career options in this field.
The Stewardship Youth Ranger Program at the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is a day-based, eight-week summer program that offers youth the opportunity to work outdoors on natural resource management project teams in their own communities.
Among other opportunities for learning, the rangers will be conducting a stream assessment to collect data, practice environmental monitoring and ultimately evaluate the storm-water run-off and storm water infrastructure on campus in a partnership with EcoSuperior. The results will be used as a resource for future campus developments.
“The Stewardship Youth Ranger Program is an important avenue for youth to learn about educational pathways and careers in the natural resources sector,” said Riley Burton, Chair, Engineering Technology and Trades at Confederation College. “The partnership with EcoSuperior offers the rangers a unique opportunity to get out in the field, enabling them to obtain meaningful work experience and develop practical, personal and professional skills.”
Each team consists of one team lead and four rangers. In addition to providing work experience and skill development, the program is also designed to help the rangers to gain a deeper appreciation of their role in the stewardship of Ontario’s natural resources.