Hennepin County encourages youth program leaders and formal and non-formal educators to use this toolkit to engage youth in creating a more sustainable future. This toolkit provides activities and resources appropriate for youth programs of any size and with any budget. The primary audience for the toolkit is youth program leaders, but older youth could also use the toolkit to design and lead activities for peers or younger youth.
Activities primarily target older elementary and middle school youth,but some activities or extensions will appeal to K - 3 and high school students.
The toolkit covers five topic areas: reducing waste, recycling, toxicity reduction, protecting water resources, and climate change and energy conservation.
Toolkit highlights include:
-Critical facts and background information on current environmental issues
-Low to no cost activity ideas that require minimal planning
-Project ideas that encourage youth leadership and initiative
-Service learning project ideas
-Field trip recommendations
-Interactive online and print resources for youth
The toolkit activities can be implemented easily into youth program curricula.
To view and/or download the toolkit, visit http://www.hennepin.us/communitypower.
To receive a free copy of the toolkit and learn more about the county's
environmental education program for youth and other community sectors, contact Ellie Jones at 612-348-9352 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The toolkit and program information can also be found online at