07/22/17 11:00am
COURTESY PHOTO | New York City residents Hildeberto Sierra, Manny Ramirez, Andy Llerena, and Aaron Ross are spending the summer at Mashomack Preserve as part of The Nature Conservancy’s Leaders in Environmental Action for the Future (LEAF) program. The LEAF model supplements environmental education in the classroom with real-world experiences for youth from urban communities, and increases student awareness of higher education and career paths in conservation.

COURTESY PHOTO | New York City residents Hildeberto Sierra, Manny Ramirez, Andy Llerena, and Aaron Ross are spending the summer at Mashomack Preserve as part of The Nature Conservancy’s Leaders in Environmental Action for the Future (LEAF) program. The LEAF model supplements environmental education in the classroom with real-world experiences for youth from urban communities, and increases student awareness of higher education and career paths in conservation.

Three high school students from The Nature Conservancy’s (TNC)Leaders in Environmental Action for the Future (LEAF) program are working at Mashomack Preserve on Shelter Island this summer.

The interns are three of about 150 students from across the country, many of whom have never spent extended time out in nature — let alone one-on-one with worms and toads — who are participating in a paid conservation internship program at TNC properties from July 5 through August 1. (more…)