Wild Indigo Watershed Community Leadership Initiative

Grant: # 1836

Grant Amount: $50,836.21

Board Decision Year: 2019

Audubon Great Lakes (Chicago)

Peters, Troy ([email protected]) 3124530230

2019 Great Lakes Stewardship - Other Great Lakes Stewardship

Project Details

Audubon Great Lakes’ Wild Indigo Nature Explorations program fostered community appreciation of wetland ecology and restoration along the Detroit River. This project conducted a series of events that, via community science, recreation, and stewardship, developed a deeper connection to wildlife along the upper Detroit River. With the help of community partners, a local Detroit Wild Indigo coordinator led a cohort of ten teen interns and two young-adult fellows to advocate for healthy watersheds in the region through community stewardship.

Active participation in the program events demonstrated the need and interest of youth, young adults, and families to participate in accessible nature programming. Despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, Wild Indigo connected with over 440 people (70 in-person and 370 virtually) through 11 activities (seven in-person events and four virtual events) in Detroit, Michigan, including a teen internship program and a young-adult fellowship experience. This work focused on developing a series of programs and experiences that connect education about watershed ecology and local concerns about access to green spaces.


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