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Youth crews improve wildlife habitat

Groundswell Conservancy partners with Operation Fresh Start to provide job training and on-the-land conservation education for at-risk youth ages 16 to 24. The youth crews improve wildlife habitat and build fishing platforms, trails and other visitor amenities at nature preserves and parks.

Construction projects, such as a wildlife viewing platform in the shape of a bird, bring math and learning to life. The partnership employs the youth crews for weeklong periods at various times throughout the year.

Groundswell Conservancy

Madison, WI

Partners: Operation Fresh Start, Patrick Marsh Conservancy, local foundations, civic organizations

Staff: 6 FTE, plus volunteers

wildlife viewing platform