“The pandemic has forced me to become creative with not only my teaching methods but the topics I choose to share with children of Southeast Ohio. A virtual field trip and new blog post every week mean exploring new concepts and stories regularly instead of falling back on tried and true environmental education lessons. I have learned about maple syrup production, mining practices, Indigenous cultures, and more. Serving as a conduit of knowledge about our home and all the creatures and plants that make it up, I have become more connected to this place than I could have imagined.”
— Emily Walter, Rural Action Environmental Education
National Service with the Appalachian Ohio Restore Corps is a way to “get your hands dirty” while helping local communities. The skills and connections you gain will stay with you for the rest of your life.