The Edge of Appalachia Preserve System in Adams County is accepting new members into its Young Environmentalist Training Institute (YETI) this summer. If you have a student who completed Grade 7 this year or has yet to graduate from high school, they should consider applying for this unique learning opportunity. If you know a student who is looking to improve their skills in nature and science in order to pursue their higher education, this program is for them! For more information, contact Robyn Wright Strauss at [email protected] or (937) 544-2880 ext 14.
YETI is for the serious student interested in the natural sciences who wants more hands-on experience in conducting field studies. The ideal YETI student is one who plans to go to college to study a field of biological sciences. YETI is not for all students. Field research can be hot or tiring, but will give students a boost when applying for college funding or gaining acceptance into natural science programs. The YETI program is free, with the only commitment being that the student attends each week and gets along well with others.
YETI participants work in a small team of students and spend half a day (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.) each week in the summer beginning June 2, researching a particular project carefully selected by the reserve staff. Past participants have tracked box turtles by radio, studied the rusty crayfish’s stream preferences, and even worked on an Adams County nature documentary.
This program, while not too strenuous, is not recommended for those who require excessive medical attention or need to restrict their physical activity.