August 2015
Youth Matters

Pals: Taking the PALS Pledge

Parnell Memorial Library Youth Nature Camp really made learning about nature and keeping our environment clean fun!  

Montevallo youth campers learn about nature and the enviornment.

This summer, I had the unique opportunity to speak at Montevallo’s Parnell Memorial Library Youth Nature Camp. Camp Director Linda Cicero invited me to come speak to the campers about how littering affects nature and how we can keep our environment clean by recycling and reusing everyday materials.

The campers have also adopted the area around the library through PALS’ “Adopt-an-Area” program. They have pledged to keep the area around the library clean and litter-free all year long. This week-long camp is going to have quite a lasting effect on the Montevallo area! Each camper also received our Clean Campus Brochure to take to their schools in the fall so they can share how their schools can get onboard to become a part of PALS’ Clean Campus Program.

In addition to learning about reducing, reusing and recycling, the campers went canoeing one day, learned about weaving and other Native American traditions, and had several lessons on trees and animals indigenous to our area. This camp really made learning about nature and our environment fun!

If you think a school near you would be interested in joining the Clean Campus Program or might like to have me come present a 30-minute program on keeping Alabama more beautiful, have them give me a call at 334-263-7737 or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Jamie Mitchell is the PALS State Clean Campus Coordinator.