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Youth Outdoors meets the developmental needs of urban youth through their involvement in outdoor recreation and nature appreciation programs. The partnership between Cleveland Metroparks and OSU Extension 4-H bring resources and expertise together to... Read more
Youth Outdoors meets the developmental needs of urban youth through their involvement in outdoor recreation and nature appreciation programs. The partnership between Cleveland Metroparks and OSU Extension 4-H bring resources and expertise together to provide young people at City of Cleveland recreation centers (and other urban sites) the opportunities to experiene nature and gain life skills that they would not otherwise have.
Youth Outdoors provides outdoor adventure for youth in the city of Cleveland (age 8-18 years), such as hiking, kayaking, rock climbing, fishing, biking, and cross-country skiing. The goal is to have sustained 4-H Adventure Clubs led by YO professional staff with assistance from volunteers. Short series of activities and special events are also organized.
Youth Outdoors introduces inner city youth groups to structured outside activites. The staff of YO plan the outdoor events and the volunteers help support the program by giving an extra hand where needed but mostly mingling with the youth who participate. The volunteer chooses how much time is given and is free to pick and choose what activity they wish to join. I love interacting with the youths. Their stories are many and diverse. My volunteer time has always been most rewarding. I highliy recommend volunteering with Youth Outdoors. It's a great way to visit the various places within Cleveland Metroparks and a wonderful opportunity to connect with youth!