Lake George Charter School students have the opportunity to participate in Catamount Institute's Young Environmental Stewards. This is an award-winning, innovative, science-based program designed for 4th and 5th graders. The YES program combines environmental science, community service, technology and leadership in a fun and active after school program that gets students excited about science.
Students engage in exploring plant, insect, wild animal, and human relationships to water through hands-on science experiments, guest speakers, field trips, and research. On Wednesday, Sept. 26, the Lake George Charter School YES Club, along with other local clubs, worked on a service project with the Coalition for the Upper South Platte. CUSP has been working on major in-stream restoration. They have planted Ponderosa Pines to stabilize the riparian habitat and have created spawning grounds and other structures to increase habitation.
YES Club students assisted with the reconstruction of disturbed areas. The major jobs were collecting slash, filling in ruts, raking them smooth, cutting willow branches from areas where there was thick growth and re-planting them along the river banks where they were sparse. A CUSP worker then seeded the area with natural grasses. This work is part of the recovery process of the Hayman Wildfire. The children enjoyed participating in this project.