Multimedia - Green Rangers and Park Stewards
Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments Youth Outreach Program has embarked on a multi-pronged resource outreach effort to work with local schools, community groups, and families to engage youth, ranging from elementary to high school grades, at the monuments. NAU students Jim Benbow, Cori Cusker, Hannah Green, and Hanna Smolan conducted interviews of National Park Service staff and local community members for their documentary video which describes the Green Ranger program and the Park Stewards high school program. The Green Ranger program is a pilot program developed by Deb DeCovis (NPS Youth Outreach Coordinator) for kids between the ages of 9-12 years that teaches them about native plants and habitat restoration in the field. The Park Stewards high school program was funded in part through the National Park Foundation and brings high school students to the monuments to learn about and practice habitat restoration techniques. Montezuma Well, where both programs are based, is part of Montezuma Castle National Monument in the Verde Valley of Arizona. For more information on these and other youth outreach programs at Montezuma Castle/Tuzigoot National Monuments, please contact Deb Decovis at firstname.lastname@example.org.