Education Mission Statement – Fostering environmental literacy through exciting individuals about their natural environment with hands-on learning experiences, civic engagement and environmental stewardship.
Asheville GreenWorks offers free environmental education programs on waste reduction through recycling and composting, urban forestry and water quality.
Waste Reduction through Recycling and Composting
Since the beginning, GreenWorks has focused on waste reduction education, making sure generations of children learn the basics of living lightly on the earth. Our educators teach the 3 R’s – Reduce, Reuse and Recycle - through hands-on activities, lessons and field trips to the landfill, recycling center and composting facility
Lessons on the 3 main types of composting and hands-on applications. These lessons can be held at community gardens, school gardens or offsite at a local commercial composting facility. This program is flexible enough to challenge students K-12.
Initiated in 2015, GreenWorks is developing urban forestry curriculum that introduces children to tree identification and explains the important social, ecological, economic and health benefits of trees in the urban landscape. “Tree Detective” Kits are available in libraries and schools for self-directed, hands-on learning about our forested ecosystems.
Youth Environmental Leadership Program
Founded in 2014 with support from the Pigeon River Fund, the GreenWorks Youth Environmental Leadership Program (YELP) engages youth living in low-income neighborhoods in work experiences that emphasize the importance of caring for our natural environment. The program has expanded significantly over the past three years, growing from a handful of youth to twenty-two youth interns in 2016. Learn more about the YELP 2019 Program.
Please contact Joele Emma at [email protected] or
828-254-1776 for more information.