Conservation Program Grows Youth Passion for Nature

Conservation Program Grows Youth Passion for Nature
Several hundred young Milwaukeeans could get a job working in county parks this summer — and more. They could find themselves in “a crash course in living life.”

That’s how Quentien Tyra describes his experience during four summers in a program focused on grooming natural areas and educating young adults. Tyra, 19, says he got more than he ever planned on when he signed up to work on a conservation crew. He told WiG he can’t imagine what he would be doing if not for participating in the program.

Tyra, who is African-American, was raised by a widowed father in the Avenues West neighborhood. He’s a merit scholarship freshman in soil and land management at University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, one of the top such programs in the country. He previously had no idea that such a field existed or that he would become “passionate about pursuing a career in environmental science.”
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