“This is an excellent program for both Juvenile Services and the Maryland Forest Service,” said Francis Zumbrun, Forest Manager at Green Ridge State Forest. "The students help us to get important work done in the field. At the same time, students who participate in outdoor programs often see improvements in test scores, develop better conflict resolution and problem-solving skills and experience greater self-esteem.”
The Maryland Forest Service also provides environmental education to the students working in the forest. These efforts are part of the Maryland Partnership for Children in Nature, Governor O’Malley’s state-wide initiative to reconnect youth with the great outdoors.
photo caption: John A. Bone / Cumberland Times-News