A group of high school students met with park managers and employees to discuss opportunities for employment with a focus on the great outdoors.
The meet and greet took place at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center and included state legislators as well as about a dozen members of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources initiative. The program gets local teens excited about the environment while employing them to work on projects at Presque Isle.
During the summer, they also learn about natural resources and the environment.
Matt Greene, Park Operations Manager at Presque Isle, says, “It gets them maybe into places in state parks or state forests they’ve never been before to see things they’ve never seen before and it connects them to nature. There is a lot of pride that goes into the projects that these crews work on. They get to come back to the park at a later time and say ‘we did that, we built that'”.
The Pennsylvania Outdoor Core is in its second year and organizers hope to see it continue to grow.