by Felice Yarbough, Urban Park Ranger, Houston, Texas

Adjusting to life during a global pandemic has forced us to think even more creatively than before, in an effort to continue fulfilling the mission of the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service. The FWS’s Houston Community Partnerships and Engagement Program had an opportunity to rise to the occasion and provide meaningful conservation experiences to Houston youth in early August.

We’re so grateful for our partnership with the Student Conservation Association (SCA). The summer season is typically one of the busiest times for SCA, as students fill internships all over the country and youth participate in national and community crews. As an SCA alumna, the nonprofit holds a special place in my heart and played a significant role in my career path.

Last summer, Houston Urban delivered a half-day workshop to a summer crew of six high school students. Knowing firsthand how life-changing conservation experiences can be, I didn’t want the pandemic to stand in the way of connecting with youth this summer. So…

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