About the Program
New Roots is a multi-week program for middle to high-school aged refugee and immigrant youth, offering daily field trips filled with hands-on, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, & Math) learning. The program is completely cost-free for students and provides all meals, transportation, and gear the students need while they explore nature through experiential education.
The NRP is offered to 30 middle-school students in the Boise area each summer as a way to experience the diversity of the environment in their new home, fostering a sense of security and a sense of place. Each day during the NRP we take field trips to different sites and contribute to conservation through stewardship activities and curriculum. We collaborate with scientists, natural resource managers, and numerous partner organizations to create a diversity of experiences and mentorship opportunities.
Leadership & Community Partnerships
The program was designed by GEAS president Liz Urban, who also directs and leads the program. New Roots is made possible by numerous partnerships including the USFS, BLM, and over a dozen other agencies, colleges, and nonprofits. If you are interested in partnering with New Roots or learning more about the program please contact Liz Urban at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Impact on Public Lands
Each year, New Roots engages more youth in this unique in-depth experience, and creates increasingly impactful changes on our public lands.
Since 2014, New Roots participants have planted hundreds of native plants, picked up more than 40 pounds of garbage, built dozens of bird nest boxes, monitored plant and animal species, and much more.
New Roots is funded by grants and the generous support of the community. Help the program continue to serve more students and expand its reach by donating today.