A new program partnering Anne Arundel County Public School ninth graders with the county's Department of Recreation and Parks to learn about and actively remove invasive plant species from the county and regional parks was announced Tuesday by school's Superintendent Dr. George Arlotto and department Director Rick Anthony.
The partnership will bolster resources for teachers in implementing a new Environment Science project-based learning curriculum.
"I'm proud of the collaborative efforts between several of our county agencies to make an exceptional environmental education program like this possible for our students," said County Executive, Steve Schuh. "Engaging youth in local stewardship opportunities not only enhances their learning experiences but also improves the health and beautification of our county parks for all to enjoy."
The program creates mentor groups in six county schools: Arundel, Broadneck, Meade, Northeast, Severna Park, and Southern. Each group is led by two County Park Rangers, as well as volunteers from Anne Arundel County Weed Resistance and/or Anne Arundel County Watershed Stewards.
"While our county and regional parks are immensely valuable for their rich natural and cultural resources, they also serve as living classrooms where young people can engage in civic action that enhances both the beauty and ecological sustainability of our parks,” says Mr. Anthony. “This partnership creates an opportunity for future stewards to contribute to increased quality of life in Anne Arundel County.”