56th Annual Youth Environmental Day Set For May 18


CHARLESTON, W.Va. (May 17, 2019) – Hundreds of young people from across West Virginia are expected to attend the 56th annual Youth Environmental Day on Saturday, May 18, at North Bend State Park in Cairo. The event is sponsored by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection’s (WVDEP) Youth Environmental Program (YEP), and several corporations, businesses and other organizations.


Held annually on the third weekend in May, the event honors youth group members for their participation in community environmental projects that include litter cleanups, recycling drives, school landscaping projects, tree planting, watershed protection and more. Awards totaling more than $15,000 will be presented during Saturday’s ceremony – including the Rick Vecellio Memorial Scholarship, which awards a graduating senior with a $2,500 per year scholarship for four years. Only YEP members are eligible for awards.


In addition to the awards ceremony, Youth Environmental Day will include exhibits, hiking, a fishing derby, a scavenger hunt and more activities. Special guests include current West Virginia University Mountaineer and former Rick Vecellio Memorial Scholarship winner Tim Eads, Smokey the Bear, Eddie the Eagle and Ralph the Recycling Raccoon.


The YEP consists of 1,032 clubs with a total membership of 22,169. Last year, YEP members totaled over 34,220 volunteer hours, cleaned up 75 miles of state roadways and collected 8.36 tons of trash. Based on the Independent Sector’s estimated value of a volunteer hour, the YEP saved state taxpayers over $844,000.


For more information about the YEP or Youth Environmental Day, contact YEP program manager Annette Hoskins at Annette.L.Hoskins@wv.gov or 304-926-0499 ext. 1659.

For more WVDEP news and information, go to www.dep.wv.gov. Also, connect with the agency on all social media platforms. Follow @DEPWV on Twitter, Like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/depwv/, and find us on YouTube by searching “Environment Matters.”


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Terry Fletcher