Olander Park System will take the lead on the Sylvania Youth Conservation Corps — a longtime nature program founded by deceased City of Sylvania forester Art Landseadel.
Olander commissioners voted unanimously at Monday's meeting to take on the program and change its name to Olander Conservation Corps. Interim park director Erika Buri said the park system will expand upon Mr. Landseadel’s mentoring program that taught children how to care for and maintain natural surroundings while beautifying the city with plants and trees.
Ms. Buri said the program, which was founded more than 20 years ago, has the potential to involve a lot of students in conservation projects within the Sylvania community, including its parks and public lands, and will be open to any child in the Sylvania School District.
“I think we can instill skills and environmental ethics in them,” she said.
Mr. Landseadel, a city contracted employee who died in June, organized and led the four-week program, which taught business sense as well as nature appreciation to area children. Kevin Aller, city service director, said the city maintains parks and forestry properties but is not necessarily geared toward educational programs, adding that Olander officials are more suitable to administer the program.
The city will continue to donate about $3,500 a year to the program; Olander Park will continue to contribute $750.