Jeriel loves the outdoors and has attended workshops with the Urban Forest Initiative through the TreeCATs (Community Arboriculture Training) program, developing core skills in urban and community forestry by participating in lecture, hands-on activities, and independent projects. She has also expanded her's and other's knowledge on the urban and community forestry efforts and infrastructure across Kentucky. In Spring of 2023, Jeriel cohosted an after-school program for middle school students where she developed a lesson plan and led educational activities. This is her only experience of community outreach though! Jeriel also hosted a painting in the Forest event for students to allow them to relax express themselves creatively in nature. Currently, Jeriel is collaborating to plan and design an educational native plant landscape area on campus. She is also taking the training courses to become certified to assist in prescribed burns. Her love for nature does not end at our forests though, and she also checks on the centers bee hives and provides them food before winter.
Citlaly Cruz Garcia
Citlaly shows her passion for the forest through a variety of outreach activities! From captivating outdoor exploration and leading hikes, to educational nature materials and hands-on projects. Citlaly has arranged a diverse scope of kids’ and family activities for the community. She leads many nature based learning activities for the children of Berea. Along with the children activities that she assists with every Sunday recently, she has begun collaborating with the Girl Scouts, contributing to the girls’ pursuit of earning their badges.