Building Relationships With Nature
EarthWorks is a youth development program offered by The Center for Youth that focuses on 21st Century Skills, experiential learning, STEAM and environmental enrichment, and personal wellness. By partnering with community leaders and educators we develop programs that build healthy, lasting, bonds between land and community.
Environmental science, forestry, and education are at the heart of what we do. Earthworks offer the skills and experience to facilitate safe, nature-based programs among diverse groups while helping them to develop skills and experiences that connect youth with their world and each other.
Earthworks staff are comprised of highly trained, diversely practiced, individuals with over 20 years of combined experience developing environmental and educational programs. They guide students through the natural world to educate, inspire, and empower youth by allowing them to develop connections with themselves and their world through meaningful experiences.
What We Believe In
EarthWorks recognizes the bond we share with nature, and we understand the everlasting relationship that exists between children and nature. Our mission is to provide children with support and space to experience this relationship through unstructured forest play, curiosity-driven exploration, and wilderness skill practice. We aim to create a physically safe and emotionally supportive environment, where students develop resilience, self-confidence, and an appreciation for the natural world.
Earthworks provides a wide variety of nature-immersion experiences both inside and outside the classroom.
EarthWorks offers the skills and experience to facilitate safe, nature-based programs among diverse groups while helping them to develop skills and experiences that connect youth with their world and each other.
Partnering with educators, our guides can help develop a hands-on curriculum for STEM and environmental education, experiential learning, and 21st Century Skills like team building, critical thinking, creativity, and more. Programs are crafted to suit administrative goals, and sustain a positive community impact.
Led by one of our experienced Learning Guides, our Nature Workshops seek to delve deep into a specific nature-related topic. In partnership with schools, community partners, or recreation departments, we seek to connect students with themselves, their community and their natural world.
In keeping with true appreciation for the natural world, we would like to acknowledge the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee and by honoring the sovereignty of the Six Nations–the Mohawk, Cayuga, Onondaga, Oneida, Seneca and Tuscarora–and their land where we reside. We recognize that our work takes place on their land, and we hope to demonstrate respect for the treaties established, and remorse for the harms and mistakes of the distant and recent past. We pledge to work toward consistent partnership with a spirit of reconciliation and gratitude.