Youth Watershed Explorers (YWE) is a program that pairs field “investigative” experiences with virtual learning. Explorers will be guided through three challenges, all of which focus on the significance of First State National Historical Park's Brandywine Valley unit. Each challenge will consist of short virtual learning sessions that build upon the in-nature components.
Explorers will need an adult to help them get out into nature to begin the field tasks, but should be able to complete those tasks on their own using the YWE-designed field notebooks and resources we provide once Explorers are registered.
The three challenges will have the Explorers analyzing water quality in the creeks and streams in the park, revealing the hidden secrets of the landscape, and forming a lasting connection to the watershed. At the completion of the program each participant will receive a certificate and a Junior Ranger Badge.
How much does it cost?
Free! However, transportation is not included so Explorers will need a chaperone to drive them to and from the challenge locations. The chaperone must remain with the Explorers throughout the challenge.
Who can participate?
The science and history content is appropriate for Explorers between the ages of 12-16, so any youth between those ages are welcome to register. We have also designed the challenges to meet the Ranger Certificate criteria for Scouts BSA and Girl Scouts and encourage Scouts to register.
What and when are the challenges?
Each challenge will consist of a 30-minute Zoom conversation before and after the field experience. There will be a week between the two Zoom virtual sessions so that, on their own time, Explorers have time to accomplish the field components of the challenges at the Brandywine Valley unit of the park. Each Explorer must attend both virtual conversations in order to gain credit for their certificate. *A chaperone will need to accompany the Explorer when picking up their challenge field kits - more detailed information on this in the registration form below.*
How do I register?
Simply fill out this registration form for either your troop or child! After we have had a chance to review your form, the planning team will contact you with the information you need to get started. Registration deadline is Sunday September 27, 2020!
I’m a Scout - Are there additional badges that I can earn?
Scouts will need to reach out to their council to verify that this program will count towards the desired badge and have their council representative sign off on the credits.
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Last updated: September 28, 2020