Members of West Virginia’s Youth Environmental Program will tour some of the state’s most beautiful areas, participate in workshops and activities that focus on preserving our natural resources and learn about science from the experts during this year’s state Youth Environmental Conference.
The 41st annual event, sponsored by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, is scheduled for Sept. 30 through Oct. 2 at Canaan Valley Resort State Park. A limited number of scholarships are provided to members of the DEP’s Youth Environmental Program, for youth ages 14-18, on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Among the activities scheduled for this year’s conference is a recycling workshop, which will include a craft project; a presentation on wetlands from Alyssa Hanna of the Canaan Valley Institute; and an additional presentation on wind energy turbine technology from Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College.
Tours are scheduled for the Dolly Sods Wilderness Area, Seneca Rocks Discovery Center and Smoke Hole Caverns. Conference attendees can also participate in a recycled art project, as well as an environmental project idea swap with other Youth Environmental Program members. A dance is planned for Saturday night.
For information on how your youth group can become a member of the state Youth Environmental Program and take part in the Youth Environmental Conference, please contact Diana Haid at 304-926-0499, Ext. 1114 or email firstname.lastname@example.org by Sept. 12.
For more DEP news and information, go to www.dep.wv.gov
. Also, be sure to connect with the agency on all social media platforms. Follow @DEPWV on Twitter and find us on YouTube by searching “Environment Matters.” For specific information about our Rehabilitation Environmental Action Plan (REAP), West Virginia Project WET (Water Education for Teachers), West Virginia Watershed Improvement Branch, Youth Environmental Program and Human Resources initiatives, connect on Facebook.