As the Program Coordinator at the Community Nature Center (CNC), I have worked closely with G.E.M. Environmental and their amazing team for the past 3 months. They have partnered and collaborated with us in working with PUSD students, ages 5-12, and have provided STEM based curriculum every week for the kids. G.E.M. designed and facilitated all of these lessons in ways that were digestible, fun, and tangible for the diversity of students that we see at the CNC. It has been a pleasure to work with these folks and I would recommend this organization to anyone who is looking to integrate STEM based programs in the outdoors. Rock on G.E.M. Environmental!
As the Education Director of the City of Prescott's Community Nature Center, I will speak directly to the services GEM provides our site and program participants. We formally partnered with GEM Environmental earlier this year (2020), and since then they have become a vital partner in serving our public school students every week, both in our childcare program (K-6th) and the visiting teachers & their classes (5th-6th). They research, design, and implement curriculum on a wide array of STEM-based topics that allow students to experience first-hand what it would be like to pursue a STEM-based career in fields such as ecology, botany, zoology, geology, ornithology, engineering--and help learners foster skills such as developing & testing scientific questions, conducting experiments & field studies, and scientific illustration. Through a mix of full and part-time staff and a strong AmeriCorps member team, they are efficient, timely, and responsive to community feedback & needs. Their programs are developmentally & ecologically appropriate for our site and participants, and our public school partners speak often to the educational value of the programs they share. They are always demonstrating best public health practices during a pandemic as well as working daily to ensure our students with disabilities feel included the outdoor programs. In addition to our collaborative programming, they also volunteer outside of their work hours with site developments; an action always deeply appreciated in any small public land-based program. If you have any questions or concerns about working GEM and would like to speak with me personally, please do not hesitate to reach out.
As a part time volunteer and STEM student, GEM Environmental has proven time and again to exceed my expectations, inspire me to help, and challenge me in ways I will be eternally grateful for. They have provided abundant ways to assist our community and promote progress and positive growth. Each and every day I witness GEM reaching into our local schools and underrepresented populations, and supplying innumerable helping hands, programs, and ways to get involved in all our STEM fields. I am so grateful to be a part of this, and I can't wait to see what the future holds for our community and for GEM Environmental!
Working with G.E.M Environmental has been an inspiring experience. Eric and his team are always willing to lend a hand for projects, supporting the community in various ways, and being positive role models within the community. Our City is better for having G.E.M. Environmental as contributor!
I have been working to plan lessons for underserved Prescott elementary aged students in the G.E.M. for STEM program for the last two months. All the members of G.E.M. Environmental are so knowledgeable and genuinely care for the students they impact whether it is in person or online. GEM is a wonderful addition to the local community and I can see the positive impact every week in the students that are taught the STEM-based curriculum and have positive interactions with G.E.M. members!
GEM Environmental is creating safe and engaging spaces for students of all ages. It has been my honor to see this in person and engage in their interactive outdoor learning. If you are a school or community group looking to learn more about the STEM fields, then you have found your perfect nonprofit.
GEM Environmental is a fantastic organization serving a much-needed niche in the Prescott area. Their engaging STEM lessons make learning fun for both the students and volunteers. I enjoy working with this organization and would recommend it to anyone looking for a much-needed break from the typical daily routine!
G.E.M Environmental is an amazing organization full of people who are truly passionate about their work. I was lucky enough to help volunteer with G.E.M at the nature center, where students who were in distance learning/hybrid were attending. G.E.M leaders were organized in their lesson plans and were able to grab the attention of every student in attendance. They are doing incredible work and have such an impact on the Prescott community!
I helped with outdoor classes the GEM hosted while students weren't fully back at school and they were great. Everyone who worked at GEM was knowledgeable in their topics and the kids were fully engaged. GEM is great!
Volunteering with GEM has truly been a wonderful experience. Working with students has not only fostered my passion for equitable education, but it has provided an opportunity to build the capacity of underserved communities. I've seen students of all ages find new meaning in education, specifically STEM fields, and leave GEM's programs with a newfound enthusiasm for school. Additionally, working with the motivated and inspiring staff members of GEM has allowed me to explore my professional interests in a supportive and positive work environment. Thanks for all that you do GEM!
I have been working as a close partner with GEM Environmental for the past 5 months and have been continually inspired and impacted by the amazing work they do here in Arizona! Every member of this close-knit team shares the same motivated and optimistic ideals as the Executive Director, Eric Welsh and this is apparent in everything they do. I cannot wait to see the amazing impact that this organization has this year and every year that follows.
As the Executive Director my opinion is biased; however, from the experiences I've witnessed of the students we have interacted with through our programs, I believe I can say we are on track and adequately promoting our mission. We have worked very diligently to provide our services free of charge to our program participants even with the limited funding we received in 2018. I can't wait to see where 2019 takes us with increased revenue and fundraising on the horizon. GEM for STEM