Groundwork Doña Ana kicks off their summer Green Team program

June 24th, 2015 Groundwork Doña Ana kicks off their summer Green Team program

Groundwork Doña Ana was highlighted in Las Cruces Sun News on June 22nd for their Green Team work. The newspaper focused on how Groundwork is arming their youth (ages 16-25) for the future through opportunities and skill building. “You actually really do carry everything you learn in Groundwork into anything you do in the future, whether it be a computer software developer, you learn skills that are necessary in future goals that you might have,” says Green Team member, José Ortiz.


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Technical Assistance from NPS/RTCA Available for Groundwork Trusts!

June 19th, 2015

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]

Diana Toledo, River Network, dtoledo [at]

Co-coordinators, Urban Waters Learning Network


Groundwork Jacksonville Plans to Connect Trails into a Greenway

June 15th, 2015

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.

To read more, check out articles from News WJCT, and the Jacksonville Business Journal.

Groundwork Richmond CA launches design process for Unity Park

June 15th, 2015

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.

To view the Friends of Richmond Greenway and Groundwork Richmond CA’s promotional video for Unity Park, click here.

Groundwork Milwaukee finds Peace Through Paint

June 15th, 2015 Groundwork Milwaukee finds Peace Through Paint

Peace Through Paint

Groundwork Milwaukee was recognized by their local CBS News station on June 7th for their “Peace Through Paint” artwork that was put up in local urban community gardens. Each painting has a very special meaning and positive message behind the art and are “from the neighborhood, by the neighborhood and to the neighborhood”. Youth leader and Urban Gardens director, Antoine Carter says that they highlight leadership and “give little sparkles of hope” to the community.

To view the CBS video, click here.





Groundwork Hudson Valley Restores Boathouse on Memorial Day Weekend

May 29th, 2015 Groundwork Hudson Valley Restores Boathouse on Memorial Day Weekend

Usually, Memorial Day weekend is a time to hang out with friends and family, grill and honor our fallen troops. However this Memorial Day, Groundwork Hudson Valley spent the weekend working at Fire Island National Seashore.

15 Green Team youth and four youth leaders headed out of Yonkers and out to Long Island to restore a historic boathouse that was once used by the lighthouse keeper at Fire Island National Seashore. The youth spent the weekend scraping away the existing paint and priming the exterior. They then painted the boathouse to look good as new! Great job Groundwork Hudson-Valley!

Check out the before and after pictures below!



GWUSA’s 2013-14 Report on Network-wide Urban Waters & Brownfields Programs

May 22nd, 2015

See our updated report on some of Groundwork’s cool on-going projects across the country: GWUSA Brownfields & Urban Waters Project Update 2013-14

New Groundwork Trust Launched in Indianapolis, FIRST ED Being Hired

May 22nd, 2015

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)[1]

GWUSA Elects New Board Chair and Two New Board Members

May 22nd, 2015 GWUSA Elects New Board Chair and Two New Board Members

We are thrilled to announce Mickey Fearn‘s appointment as Groundwork USA Board Chair! He is currently Professor of Practice at North Carolina State University’s (NCSU) Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management, and is the former Deputy Director for Communications and Community Assistance at the National Park Service (NPS) where he worked to increase the participation of currently underrepresented groups in our parks.

Mickey Fearn has been a public servant for over 43 years. Before joining NPS, Mickey was at Seattle Parks and Recreation, developing and implementing programs to connect urban youth to the natural world while promoting personal responsibility and healthy lifestyles. In Seattle, he also managed the City’s Race and Social Justice Initiative and worked on a range of successful community renewal programs as director of the City’s Innovation Project and the Neighborhood Leadership Program. At NCSU, in addition to teaching classes, Mickey Fearn works with the College of Natural Resources’ (CNR’s) Community for Diversity in Natural Resources to address its challenges regarding diversity and inclusion and engaging in cross-campus diversity activities. He is also working with local government and non-profits to engage communities of color in ecology and environmental activities, and connecting federal agencies to the important research and work that CNR is doing.

Mickey takes over the leadership role from Maggie Super-Church who has successfully guided Groundwork USA’s growth over the last few years. We are happy to announce that she will remain on the board despite her busy schedule!

We are also excited to announce the appointment of two new board members – Stacey Triplett and Ashley Perez.

Stacey_TriplettStacey Triplett currently serves as Metro’s Senior Managing Analyst in the Sustainability Center. She has more than ten years experience with the regional government of the greater Portland metropolitan area. Her past work at Metro includes creation of an interdisciplinary team for urban habitat protection as well as start-up of organization-wide strategic initiatives. She led Intertwine Alliance efforts in the conservation education community focused on service to educational program providers with a focus on environmental literacy of residents.

Stacey is a part-time faculty member at Portland Community College’s Southeast Center, teaching political science. She is also a community educa
tor with Portland Housing Center teaching a culturally responsive financial fitness curriculum. Her past professional contributions focused on workplace health and safety, public transportation, public water and sewer system improvements and inventive recycling technology creation.

Ashley Perez grew up in Yonkers, NY, where she started as a Green Team member in the summer of 2010 with Groundwork Hudson Valley (GWHV), participating in her first ever nature outing of any sorts. Blown away by the experience, she decided to come back for a second summer and every summer after until she was too old to be on the Green Team (which is for high-school youth age 14 to 18 years). Ashley has participated in just about every program GWHV has had – the farmers’ market, the science barge, the green team, after-school programs, and loved everything that she did. Since then Ashley has participated in programs with NPS and the Student Conservation Association all over the U.S., rooted by her interest in diversifying the conservation movement. She is attending SUNY Purchase College, and studies Environmental Studies with a concentration in Ecology. With hopes of graduating soon, she would like to go into the world of research and use her discoveries to help expose the next generation of stewards to their public lands!

Ashley Perez

Ashley Perez

GW Anacostia River – D.C. Green Team Students Become ‘Citizen Scientists’

May 21st, 2015

Youth from Groundwork Anacostia River – D.C.‘s Green Team students have become citizen scientists, according to the Washington Post. These D.C. teens been working with the Smithsonian Institute’s eMammal project, which not only trains citizens to use animal tracking cameras but also to gather data for a modern data collection. This collection also aims to bring in data from urban areas, like the neighborhoods around the Anacostia River.

Green Team students joined a Smithsonian wildlife biologist and other citizen volunteers to check on the animal cameras and to download the photographic information that the cameras took. They were able to identify deer, wild turkeys, squirrels, raccoons, a possum and a red fox.

Read more about the GWARDC Green Team students working in the field in the Washington Post article here.