Blog Post By Jason Galliger

GZEP Program Exposes Kids to Nature

One of the things Casey Trees does is work with partner organizations to educate stakeholders about D.C.’s trees and the value of a robust urban forest.

We recently partnered with DOEE’s Green Zone Environmental Program (GZEP) to do just that.

GZEP is a program originally started as a part of the Marion Barry Summer Youth Employment Program, providing 300 youth and young adults, ages 14-24, with an opportunity to learn about energy and environmental issues.

Participants of the program also help complete community-based environmental work such as installing rain gardens and storm drain makers, prepare for careers, or when they work for us — help care for newly-planted trees.

GZEP partnered with us for 13 Wednesdays at 10 sites across the District.

Two weeks ago we caught up with them caring for some of our newly-planted trees. Here are some select shots of them in action:

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Thank you to everyone in GZEP for helping to preserve D.C.’s trees!

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