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Dele Johnson of Groundwork Denver talks about his experience at National Elk Refuge this summer with Pamela Segura of Groundwork Hudson Valley who interviewed him for this story: Dele Johnson – USFWS GWUSA Partnership.
Johnson and 11 other youth from Groundwork Trusts in Dallas, Denver and New Orleans went to National Elk Refuge to work, learn and play as part of Groundwork USA’s growing partnership with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and their Urban Wildlife Conservation Program. The experience left a lasting impact on all of them.
The youth also worked at Grand Teton National Park nearby the same week, and talked about their time there with us — you can read about that here.
This summer, Groundwork USA sent nine Green Team youth from around the network for a week-long trip to Grand Teton National Park to work, learn and live. While in the backcountry of Wyoming, the youth learned new skills that they can bring to their Groundwork projects back home, gained more knowledge about themselves and how they work, and a greater appreciation for nature.
Whilst in Wyoming, they had the opportunity learn more about themselves and how they work. For Cindy Leija from Groundwork Dallas, patience was an important lesson learned: “I would get stressed out working in the heat. But patience is a benefit to me and my team, and it’s worth it.” Many Green Team members found that their trip has not only brought a focus to their work in their cities but also made them grateful for their Groundwork education. “Groundwork has been here for me and been an opportunity for me and my friends to avoid being on the streets,” Jeremiah Roy says. “It gives us something to look forward to.”
This summer’s partnership was our first with Grand Teton National Park, modeled after our current partnership with their neighbor to the north Yellowstone National Park and their Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) program. Groundwork USA’s vision is to extend our partnership with Grand Teton and continue bringing urban youth to the greater outdoors for these once (maybe twice) in a lifetime experiences.
Jeremiah Roy, Groundwork NOLA
Cindy Leija, Groundwork Dallas
Makalah Emmanuel, Groundwork Denver
This summer, Groundwork USA sent Green Team youth from around the network for a week-long trip to Yellowstone National Park to work, learn and live. While in the backcountry of America, the youth learned new skills that they can bring to their Groundwork projects back home, gained more knowledge about themselves and how they work, and a greater appreciation for nature. Building a stone wall was one of the major projects that they worked on. In addition, the Green Team students were able to talk to park rangers and YCC staff about their roles within the Park Service and to talk about career ideas. Read more about Yellowstone through the eyes of three youth from Groundwork Jacksonville, Groundwork Portland and Groundwork Richmond.
Eduardo Guzman, Groundwork Jacksonville
Medina Gedi, Groundwork Portland
Favian Gutierrez, Groundwork Richmond CA
Magpi is helping Groundwork Denver be a little bit greener and lot more efficient. Using Magpi’s mobile data collection app, Groundwork Denver team members can now go ‘paperless’ when collecting field data about the environmental revitalization and conservation work they do; everything from planting trees and cleaning up streams, to gardening, building playgrounds, and habitat restoration. More Magpi and less paper use means Groundwork Denver is doing its own part to contribute to a ‘green’ environment. Check out their recent press release and read more about this exciting new partnership here.
GWUSA is seeking to hire a Manager of Network Development and Communications! Check out this cool job in this posting here, and please note that the deadline for application is August 24, 2015: Groundwork USA Manager of Network Development and Communications 7 23 15
Ever want to know how to start that greenway project, or do you dream of how a bike trail or water trail might be located along the river in your urban community? The National Park Services’ Rivers, Trails, Conservation Assistance (RTCA) program is accepting applications through August 1, 2015 to provide technical assistance to get you going. RTCA does not offer grants, but assists with planning, finding resources, building partnerships, engaging neighbors and implementing ideas to help you achieve your project. Their help has been absolutely key in many, many communities!
For Information on Applying, click here on the National Park Service website link.
A webinar about the program was conducted by NPS/RTCA staff last year for the Urban Waters Learning Network.
For more info, you can also contact:
Ann-Marie Mitroff, Groundwork USA, annmarie [at] groundworkusa.org
Diana Toledo, River Network, dtoledo [at] rivernetwork.org
Co-coordinators, Urban Waters Learning Network
Groundwork Jacksonville and the City of Jacksonville are in the process of proposing a project that will connect several parks in the area into a larger greenway. It will end up connecting the north side of the Hogan’s Creek Greenway to the S-Line Rail Trail. On June 1st, the City put their heads together with GWJ, the American Society for Landscape Architects and community members in a charrette format to discuss the project. This is the first major project that Groundwork Jacksonville, one of the newest Groundwork Trusts, is conducting.
Some of the low-hanging fruit that executive director Dawn Emerick and some community members found through the community forum included connecting existing trails on the small-scale, putting together a tree planting program and strategy and maintaining existing trails.
Groundwork Richmond, community planners and leaders gathered on June 14 to discuss the new Unity Park. The organizers invited community members to weigh in on the park design and recreation structures they would like to see in the park. The park will become a part of the Richmond Greenway.
We are so excited to announce the addition of Groundwork Indianapolis (or Groundwork Indy, as they seem to like calling it!) to our growing network of Trusts across the country. GW Indy is the 21st Trust in our network and we congratulate and welcome them.
Please see the job announcement for their first ED, and note that the deadline is June 12, 2015. GWIndy ED Position Announcement (final)