Youth Climate Action of Franklin County

At A Glance


Turners Falls, Massachusetts

Primary Issue Area:

  • Climate Change & Energy
  • Land & Water

Active since:


Tax Status:

  • The youth after our first day of work building a garden at Pioneer Valley Brewing
  • Youth work to construct a planter for the group's alleyway garden
  • Group members planting the Alley/Culture pocket park
  • Group members celebrate finishing the installation of the pocket park
  • Group member showing her toddler how to use a skateboard during a work day at Montague Town Hall
  • Building benches for the "Outdoor Spaces" project at The Brick House
  • Group members after completing the streetscape garden at The Brick House
  • Group members at a planning meeting for the Outdoor Spaces project

Our Purpose

The mission of YCAFC is to build climate resilience in Franklin County communities by implementing “nature-based solutions” to local climate problems. Since the group began organizing in 2021, thirteen youth members have participated in the construction of seven climate-positive gardens in downtown Turners Falls, an environmental justice neighborhood (see…). These projects address many of the ways climate change threatens our communities. Our gardens filter stormwater, cool the urban environment, create habitat, and reduce flooding. In addition, YCAFC projects generate resilience by improving the social infrastructure of the neighborhoods where we work. The public gathering spaces we build function as places that produce an informed, interconnected, and resilient community. In addition to offering meaningful employment, YCAFC helps youth members learn about ecology and natural processes, gain skills in landscape design and installation, and develop a sense of agency amidst our changing world.