Department of Interior, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Nevada State office

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Public Lands Institute

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Las Vegas (Nev.)

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The Final Project Report reflects activities and accomplishments that occurred during the course of the Task Agreement within BLM Youth Initiative Hector’s Helpers: Youth Combating Litter and Desert Dumping. The project was funded by the Department of Interior, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Nevada State office, on behalf of the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV). The agencies have jointly worked together for several years under the Great Basin Cooperative Ecosystems Studies Unit (GBCESU) master agreement FAA060058 in order to develop a strategic plan to combat litter and desert dumping.

The Hector’s Helpers program provides an opportunity to bring environmental education and foster a sense of stewardship to students. Through hands on curriculum students learn general environmental concepts such as community, conservation, recycling, and litter prevention. During the program, students have access to Geographic Information Systems to prevent litter and desert dumping. The students also participate in a marketing campaign for the Adopt-A-Block initiative and execute a litter clean-up.

Our goal is to help students foster a sense of social responsibility and respect for the environment, and to enrich their learning experience. By participating in the Hector’s Helpers program students are not only making a difference for themselves, but for their school and community as well.

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After-school programs; Curriculum planning; Environment study and teaching; Litter; Environmental aspects; Litter prevention; Nevada; Pollution prevention; Social media marketing; Sustainability study and teaching; Voluntarism; Young volunteers


Civic and Community Engagement | Curriculum and Instruction | Curriculum and Social Inquiry | Education | Environmental Health and Protection | Environmental Sciences | Natural Resources and Conservation | Physical Sciences and Mathematics | Social and Behavioral Sciences | Sociology | Sustainability

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