Students gain a wide range of knowledge and skills through their internship. From environmental knowledge to public speaking skills, Greenway River Rangers leave their experience with tools for their future.
Environmental Education Training
The Greenway’s Master Certified Environmental Educator will facilitate a series of workshops focused on environmental education best practices and environmental issues. Students will put theory into practice by teaching activities for elementary students and compile a professional portfolio based on this experience.
Leadership and Teambuilding Initiatives
Through teambuilding challenges, group problem solving initiatives, and teaching responsibilities, students will develop strong leadership skills that will help them succeed in whatever career they choose. As students become role models for elementary children, they will start to examine how their choices affect others and learn how to be a positive force in their own communities.
Hands-on Teaching Experience
When students step into the role of teachers they develop confidence and a heightened sense of responsibility. Interns will team teach in groups of two for up to 15 elementary students at a time. They will be asked to teach students about their local environment through structured and unstructured activities at Denver public parks along the South Platte River and its tributaries, all with the support of experiences educators.
In addition to teaching experience, students will learn through real-world application of subjects including chemistry, biology, geology, and other science education. Interns will get to know their local environment while teaching at public parks in Denver and by learning to identify native plant and animal species and conduct water quality testing.
Communication and Public Speaking
Through team challenges and teaching experience interns will gain practice speaking in front of their peers as well as groups of students. Almost all River Rangers said they gained more confidence and communication skills as a result of the program.
Career Awareness and Preparation
As students develop their knowledge and skills about the environment, Greenway staff will provide guidance on how their experience can translate to real-world career opportunities. Greenway staff will wrap up the internship with a one-on-one meeting to help students with summer job planning and goal-setting.
Job Interview Experience and Resume Building
All interns must apply and interview to be selected for the program. Greenway staff allows students to practice their interview skills in a supportive environment and offers feedback for future job endevors. Students will take part in a resume-building workshop and each will create a resume focused on STEM-related careers.
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"Why Environmental Education?"
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