YARDS

At WDG, we value service to our community and our profession. This weekend our designer Nate had the opportunity to teach a group of at-risk youth about Landscape Architecture and the design process at a program called YARDS. YARDS provides vocational training in desert landscape and maintenance for youth at risk involved in the Pima County Juvenile Court System. The students learn a range of skills, including Tools and Safety, Desert Plant ID, Soils, Water and Plants, Water Harvesting, Pruning Techniques, Irrigation Systems and more. 

Nate introduced the group to the profession of Landscape Architecture and the design process. The students got an opportunity to re-design a parking lot and turn it into their ideal backyard. 

Check out some of the student's very creative designs below!

Hard at work

Hard at work

A lot of sports in this backyard. Looks great!

A lot of sports in this backyard. Looks great!

Great spot for a spa.

Great spot for a spa.

Snack shop, DJ booth, and a charging station? I'm in!

Snack shop, DJ booth, and a charging station? I'm in!

Nate teaching about final design graphics.

Nate teaching about final design graphics.

A very nice flower garden.                                     

A very nice flower garden.                                     

Great presenters!

Great presenters!

Could be some future Landscape Architects in this group!

More about the YARDS program here: tucsoncleanandbeautiful.org/yards-youth-landscape-maintenance-training/