In the summer of 2013, Utah State University Extension Sustainability Specialist Roz Brain piloted a sustainability camp for youth. Focusing on five aspects of sustainability, the half-day camp proved appropriate for upper elementary and middle school-aged youth. Two of the focus areas were topics where UC ANR was not currently investing significant educational resources: energy education and food waste. At the Western Extension Sustainability Summit, held in October 2013, Dr. Brain shared results of their pilot program.
After seeing the results, UCCE Advisor Rose Hayden-Smith collaborated with HAREC Outreach Coordinator Susana Bruzzone Miller, 4-H Community Club Program Representative Gwyn Vanoni, Ventura Unified/UCCE Food Corps Intern Chris Massa, and county administrator Tisha Fisher, to develop a grant proposal for the REC and Hansen Fund for a Summer 2014 Sustainability Camp and some train-the-trainer activities.
A report documenting the results from those efforts is located here.
The team that developed and delivered the 2014 program has since loosely organized as an "Education and Outreach Team" (EOT) for HAREC and UCCE 4-H. This collaborative model was previously used in the mid-to-late 2000s in Ventura County with some success.
The team created a concept for a larger program with additional components for the summer of 2015. The proposed program is laid out in this website, in preparation for a meeting with leadership in early August. While a website may be an unusual way to propose a program concept, it does allow a non-linear presentation of ideas, and the ability to more readily link resource and reference materials. If the program is approved, this website will also serve as the information and promotional piece with minor editing.
Our concept of collaboration uses HAREC as both a hub and a launching point for 4-H Youth and Community Development activity. Our EOT views the site, programs and work as inextricably linked.