Naturalist Kate Marcos talks about the basics of snowshoeing before leading Yampatika’s free family snowshoe tour Wednesday morning. Yampatika recently learned that it would receive funding as part of the state’s Colorado Kids Outdoors program.

Photo by John F. Russell

Naturalist Kate Marcos talks about the basics of snowshoeing before leading Yampatika’s free family snowshoe tour Wednesday morning. Yampatika recently learned that it would receive funding as part of the state’s Colorado Kids Outdoors program.

Steamboat's Yampatika receives grant to pay summer interns

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— Yampatika was one of four organizations to receive funding as part of the inaugural granting cycle for the state’s Colorado Kids Outdoors program.

The Steamboat Springs nonprofit group that promotes environmental stewardship through youth and adult education was awarded $13,600.

In a news release, Lt. Gov. Bar­­­bara O’Brien said Yampa­­tika and the three other organizations “enhance the connection between Colo­­rado’s youth and our state’s natural environment, provide training and experience for youth in the natural resource disciplines, and engage kids in meaningful and healthy outdoor activities.”

Yampatika plans to use the grant funding to pay interns in summer 2011, Executive Director Sonja Macys said. She said two full-time interns would work at Yampatika’s summer camps for 5- to 14-year-old youths. She said a half-time intern would provide environmental education to participants of the Boys & Girls Club of Steamboat Springs.

Macys said the internships would allow area students career development opportunities in environmental education.

“There aren’t many opportunities like that for young people in our community to be mentored by naturalists and hopefully move into the profession,” she said.

Macys said she hopes this will be the beginning of an annual Yampa­­tika internship program.

The Colorado Kids Outdoors programs awarded grants totaling $129,600 to four organizations. The others are the Rocky Moun­tain Bird Observatory in Brighton, The Greenway Foundation in Green­­wood Village and Trails 2000 in Durango.

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