Program Details:

Restoration Ecology: A Youth and Inclusiveness Outreach Activity

This program is about relating restoration, ecosystem services, and human well-being to middle-school and high school students through 'knowing and doing' activities.

The program, in its second year, is scheduled for summer and fall 2019. In this program, CU instructors (currently one professor and five EBIO graduate students) will partner with the non-profit Wildlands Restoration Volunteers (WRV: WRV’s youth program helps participants build a relationship with nature through service-learning and education. Other partners include schools, such as Boulder Preparatory High School; youth organizations like the Nature Kids/Jovenes de la Naturaleza program; and WRV’s Youth Leadership Development (WYLD) program. Over 75% of youth engaged will come from low-income, minority, or “at-risk” populations. As a result, underserved youth will have access to the many benefits of a connection to nature and will be able to explore potential careers in environmental sciences and see their own capacity to make a positive impact.

Projects will include a range of age-appropriate activities, including invasive species management, planting of native species, fuels mitigation, and collection of native seed. Each project will have additional learning goals related to the specific restoration effort. These will again be employed in the fall, with plans to review, revise and improve these activities with subsequent projects. Planned projects include an August 20th/21st Dawson School river restoration up near Fort Collins and August 26th native and invasive species project with Peak to Peak Charter School in Lafayette. We sill also have a final Nature Kids project in Lafayette, putting finishing touches on the Nature Play Area in Lafayette with a ribbon cutting in early September.

Further into the fall, we will lead a September 17th Grandview HS??"Denver Mountain Parks fuels project, a second project with Dawson HS, and a project with Boulder Prep High School. These dates are yet to be finalized. Each project is customized to the target activity but will involve a mix of environmental science instruction and hands-on restoration. CU instructors will also attend, present their assessments, and evaluate activities at a regional Youth Exploring Stewardship Conference. Lastly, CU graduate students will connect with WRV’s youth leadership program (WYLD involving 12 high-school youth) to continue to provide environmental science instruction and mentoring about careers and opportunities in the field and at CU specifically.

In spring 2020, we will continue this work with youth leaders and with other partners, including projects with Boulder Preparatory High School, Legacy High School, and Nature Kids/Jovenes de la Naturaleza.

Additional information on youth restoration project programs as well as a photo gallery from past projects can be found at

This is a private program by request only, or for a specific audience or group. For more information, please visit the program website.


In Colorado

  • Aurora
  • Boulder
  • Denver
  • Lafayette

Program Partners

Supporting This Program

  • Cherry Creek School District (Arapahoe County)
  • City of Boulder Youth Services Initiative program
  • Douglas County School District (Douglas County)
  • Lafayette Nature Kids Program
  • Teachers from Boulder Valley School District (Boulder County)
  • Wildlands Restoration Youth and Inclusiveness Program

Sponsoring Units

Arts & Sciences, College of

  • Ecology & Evolutionary Biology (EBIO), Department of

Program Contact

Tim Seastedt
Restoration Ecology: A Youth and Inclusiveness Outreach Activity
303 492 3302

Program Categories


  • Community Volunteering
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Natural Sciences
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)

Program Types:

  • Field Trip
  • Summer Program for K-12 (Not Camp)
  • Volunteer Services


  • Children & Youth (outside school)
  • Minority Group(s)
  • Non-Profit Organization
  • Students - High School
  • Students - Middle School

We do our best to accurately represent CU Boulder’s outreach programs and services, but they are subject to change and may no longer be active in a community. Please contact the program directly for current information.