YEP! OVERVIEW - Click here for education philosophy, partners, lesson plans, module outlines, etc.
SCHEDULE A PROGRAM/FIELD TRIP - Click here to view available dates & scheduled programs
SUSTAINABILITY EDUCATION TRUNKS - Click here for trunk contents and to check them out.
LITTLE SPROUTS CORNER - Click here to access seasonal youth-oriented activities emphasizing emphasize sustainable choices like recycling, growing your own food, and more!
VOLUNTEER WITH YEP!
Volunteers needed to assist with papermaking, gardening, recycling and more! Previous experience with children, or lesson topics, is ideal, but not required. In our volunteer orientation, we'll teach you what you need to know to effectively educate about sustainable living topics. Click the button to sign up!
Since 1984 MUD has offered sustainable living education opportunities to Missoula. Today, we recognize that MUD stills fill a critical niche in the Missoula education community, and feel compelled to offer sustainability-oriented learning experiences directly to local youth through our Youth Education Program in Sustainability (YEP!).
YEP! focuses on school-based education. School-based education programs require fewer resources (staff, time, energy, effort, and expense) than do summer programs such as camps. They provide learning opportunities to greater numbers of students, and expand the scope beyond those currently involved with MUD. Teachers and after school groups frequently visit our site for lessons such as papermaking, composting, gardening, and cider pressing. In the summer, YEP! does provide education experiences for participants in several local summer programs.
YEP! collaborates with other Missoula youth education programs on topics related to local food and agriculture, alternative energy, alternative transportation, and ecology. This collaboration integrates various topics taught in other programs into a synthesized lifestyle based on conscious choices. Collaboration with local organizations exposes students to community partners, various aspects of sustainable living in Missoula, and underscores the importance of community involvement.
Experienced educators are responsible for annually reviewing MUD’s school program, ensuring it is complete with engaging, education standards-based lesson plans, simple scheduling techniques, and financial support for busing students to the MUD site. Lessons encourage a holistic approach to sustainable living that addresses personal lifestyle choices, responsibility for local and global ecosystems, and engaging in our communities to ensure future sustainability. See overview link (top of page) for more on education philosophy, module outlines, etc.