Fairbanks Youth for Habitat is a 2 year summer work program for area youth ages 13-16. Groups of 7th and 8th graders spend their first summer in the Beginning Corps exploring natural resources by meeting with professionals, participating in research and working on restoration and green infrastructure projects. The following summer, students return for the Advanced Corps, in which they tackle a large-scale restoration project from concept to completion.
Beginning Corps Sessions 2016
In 2016, the 3 groups of Beginning Youth for Habitat Corps participated in projects including:
The first Advanced Session of 2016 worked with TVWA and a local Chena Riverfront landowner to tackle a stormwater run off issue. This group turned a gravel parking lot into a green space that included a permeable paver patio, picnic tables, rain garden and inviting lawn. Their efforts were recognized by the City of Fairbanks Mayor Eberhart and were featured on the front page of the News Miner.
The second Advanced Session worked with Chena Lakes REcreation Area to spread awareness of the aquatic invasive plant, Elodea. They conducted elodea surveys, designed signs and educational materials, and hosted a community event to inform the public of this nuisance species.
Want to be a Fairbanks Youth for Habitat Corps Member?
Applications for the 2017 sessions will be distributed to area middle schools in March.
The Fairbanks Youth for Habitat 2015 Advanced Corps group was recognized for their hard work with this national award from the EPA. Way to go, kids!