Enhancing Your Parks and Recreation Programming
Recorded On: 10/25/2022
Spending time outdoors is connected to a myriad of benefits, including mental and physical health. Actively engaging youth with the outside world is also one of the best ways to inspire them to be environmental stewards for tomorrow.
In this webinar, learn how you can enhance your Parks and Recreation programming by incorporating fun and easy-to-lead activities by Project Learning Tree, a flagship education initiative of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative. Demonstrated activities are free, teach about nature, and can engage community members of all ages in exploring parks and learning about the benefits of trees, climate, pollution, fire, planting a tree, the water cycle, and much more.
By the end of the webinar, you’ll be able to:
- Describe the importance of incorporating nature education into your Parks and Recreation programming strategy
- Use Project Learning Tree engaging hands-on activities to enhance your Parks and Recreation programming.
Instructional Designer for Adult Learning, Project Learning Tree
Ana Leirner is the Instructional Designer for Adult Learning for Project Learning Tree (PLT), an education initiative of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative. Ana leads all professional development and online learning initiatives at PLT, with the goal of ensuring that those working with communities and young people from preschool thru age 12 have the knowledge, skills, and confidence needed to advance environmental literacy, stewardship, and green career pathways. Ana’s wealth of training experience includes everything from designing Massive Open Online Courses for government officials in Latin America and the Caribbean to leading training and professional development initiatives for formal and nonformal educators. Ana has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, a Master in Business Administration, and a Master in Educational Media and Technology.
Conservation Education Program Coordinator, Nebraska Forest Service
Jack Hilgert coordinates the Conservation Education Program for the Nebraska Forest Service. In his role as State Coordinator for Project Learning Tree and Project WET in Nebraska, Jack enacts professional learning opportunities and supports for educators with the goal of connecting Nebraskans, especially youth, with the state’s trees and forest resources in order to inspire the next generation of tree planters and conservation stewards. A large portion of his work comprises training nonformal educators (nature center, parks, museum, zoo staff, etc.) and natural resource professionals in how to effectively engage youth in outdoor and environmental learning year-round. He is also the primary leader for all other Nebraska Forest Service environmental education programming for youth, adult, and family audiences. Jack has a Bachelors of Science in Fisheries and Wildlife with a nonformal education background.