YARDS Youth Landscape Training Program

Tucson, AZ (March 8, 2010)- Tucson Clean & Beautiful and Pima County Juvenile Court, Community Service Unit are proud to announce that certificates of achievement will be presented to the first graduating class of the YARDS (Youth Achieving Resource Development Skills) youth landscape training program for juveniles at risk. Participating youth are recommended for selection by their probation officers.

This program provides 8 weeks of landscape training by professional horticulturists and arborists, with class topics including: tools and safety; identification of native desert and desert-adapted plants; plants, soil and water; planting sites and plant selection; plant health, weeds and fertilizers; pruning purposes and techniques; drip irrigation and management; and safety and health working outdoors.
At the graduation celebration, keynote speakers will include:
* The Honorable Sarah R. Simmons, Presiding Judge, Pima County Juvenile Court, Div. 29
* Richard Elias, Pima County Board of Supervisors, District 5
* Marty Cortez, Board of Governors, Pima Community College District
The Adopt-a-Park and Public Areas program was started in 1984 to address the growing problem of litter. Since that time, Tucson area volunteers have provided over 200,000 volunteer service hours at hundreds of sites, including over 13,000 hours just in the past year. This unique public-private partnership helps to keep our public areas cleaner and safer for all to enjoy.
The first year of the YARDS Program has been generously funded by the Wolslager Foundation, along with a second year challenge grant for 2011. Additional program sponsors and supporters include the Pima County, U of A Extension Service, Smartscape, Pima County Department of Natural Resources Parks & Recreation, and City of Tucson Landscape Advisory Committee. Tax-deductible donations to the program in support of the challenge grant may be sent to Tucson Clean & Beautiful, c/o YARDS program, P.O. Box 27210, Tucson, AZ 85726.
Tucson Clean & Beautiful is a nonprofit organization, incorporated in 1985 as the flagship for community based environmental volunteer efforts in the Tucson-Pima County metropolitan area. Its programs have grown to address recycling and waste reduction, urban forestry, land stewardship, and beautification. Visit www.TucsonCleanAndBeautiful.org or call (520) 791-3109 for more information.