Barry Kogan, Wave Hill’s Senior Manager of Youth Programs, manages Wave Hill’s Forest Project, a six-week, paid summer internship for teens that works to improve the ecology of the Bronx, and the Woodland Ecology Restoration Mentorship (WERM), a 14-month program for high school students.
Through programs like our Forest Project high school internship, now more than 35 years old, Wave Hill has long recognized that civic groups and social networks are crucial to the lifeblood of a city. That’s why we have been involved since the Stewardship Mapping Assessment Project (STEW-MAP), a searchable database and map of stewardship groups in New York City, was completed ten years ago. A decade later, the Urban Field Station, a partnership between the US Forest Service and NYC Parks—which manages the map—is ready to update it.
We encourage you to check your inbox and mailbox for the survey and complete it as soon as possible, so you can ensure that your group is represented among the environmental stewards of New York City. Who should be on the map? All groups who conserve, manage, monitor, advocate for or educate the public about their local environments. That includes water, land, air, waste, toxics, food and energy issues. Your input helps support a vibrant, connected, green New York City. If you know of groups who share our commitment to good stewardship in the city, please follow the link to STEW-MAP and provide your input. And if you’d like to learn more, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or the Forest Service at email@example.com.
Meanwhile, Wave Hill’s 2017 summer internships get started today. Forest Project interns—mostly teens from the Bronx—conduct restoration projects in Wave Hill’s woodland, studying the methodology and sharing it with the ecological restoration community at large. That includes participating in volunteer stewardship events in local natural areas like Riverdale Park, Enders Garden and Van Cortlandt Park.
In addition to working in the woodland, our teens will be taking two intensive courses, one on the history, science and planning of stewardship/restoration projects in the city, the other on learning basic mapping skills―used for projects like the STEW-MAP. A new group of students in our 14-month Woodland Ecology Research Mentorship start this summer, too. They will be working with science mentors on three research initiatives, eco-flora of New York City, the Gotham Coyote Project and the Billion Oyster Project.
Here’s to a productive summer!