ATLANTA, GA. (April 27, 2016) – The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC), along with the Greening Youth Foundation, the U.S. Forest Service, and the Georgia Appalachian Trail Club, is hosting a Forest For Every Classroom workshop for Atlanta 4th grade teachers on May 10th at the Martin Luther King Jr National Historic Site. The workshop celebrates the Every Kid in a Park Initiative, and will provide teachers with resources, techniques, and methods for teaching outdoors.
Launched in September 2015, the Every Kid in a Park initiative provides all 4th graders and their families with free access to our country’s public lands and waters for a full year. Since the launch of the initiative, private companies, nonprofits and other youth-serving groups have responded to the President’s call to action to get all children to visit and enjoy America’s unparalleled outdoors, taking action to ensure that all children can have this opportunity.
“The Appalachian Trail Conservancy has hosted hundreds of teachers through our professional development workshops over the last decade, and we are thrilled to be working with partners in Atlanta to make a deeper connection with fourth grade teachers to invite students to the outdoors and to celebrate the National Park Service Centennial Anniversary,” said the ATC’s Director of Education and Outreach Julie Judkins.
The free workshop for teachers will take place from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm and provides dinner and childcare.
“Greening Youth Foundation (GYF) is excited to work with these great partners to ensure that metro-Atlanta youth, through their teachers, will be able to explore federal lands and learn about ways in which they can enjoy and help conserve them,” Greening Youth Foundation V.P. of Operations Mike Fynn added.
“It’s a privilege to help empower teachers to connect with the outdoors and lead their students into the forest -- whether it’s through the outstanding opportunities on the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests, or in the forests in their own backyards,” says Judy Toppins, spokesperson for the U.S. Forest Service in Georgia.
To register, go to: http://tinyurl.com/EKIPATLWKSP, or contact Julie Judkins [email protected]
About the Appalachian Trail Conservancy
The ATC was founded in 1925 by volunteers and federal officials working to build a continuous footpath along the Appalachian Mountains. A unit of the National Park System, the A.T. ranges from Maine to Georgia and is approximately 2,190 miles in length. It is the longest hiking-only footpath in the world. The mission of the ATC is to preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail – ensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow, and for centuries to come. For more information, please visit www.appalachiantrail.org.
Contact: Javier Folgar
Appalachian Trail Conservancy
Email: [email protected]
About Greening Youth Foundation
Greening Youth Foundation’s (GYF) mission is to engage underserved and underrepresented youth and young adults in an effort to develop and nurture responsible environmental stewards while exposing them to careers in conservation. GYF has educational programs in metro-Atlanta schools, institutions, and City of Atlanta Recreational Centers, and also manages hundreds of conservation-related internships with federal partners every year. For more information, please visit www.gyfoundation.org
About the U.S. Forest Service
The US Forest Service a multi-faceted agency that manages and protects 154 national forests and 20 grasslands in 44 states and Puerto Rico. The agency’s mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generation - See more at: http://www.fs.fed.us/about-agency#sthash.77Vv4D4A.dpuf