Over this past semester, The Greenway Foundation piloted an internship with Denver School of Innovation and Sustainable Design (DSISD). Over the course of the semester, our two interns learned about the principles of environmental education, shadowed and team-taught on our first grade excursions, completed stewardship projects, participated in the Greenway Leadership Corps, worked with a variety of local government and nonprofit organizations, and so much more! The internship is now coming to a close as the school year wraps up, so we wanted to know what Lily and Rosie thought of their time as TGF interns. Below, we hear directly from these two high school juniors about their favorite experiences over the semester, how they have changed, and what surprised them!
Thank you to everyone who came to the rescheduled ECI Spring RiverSweep presented by The Nature Conservancy and The DaVita Village on Comcast Cares Day! Over 300 volunteers came out to help get our parks ready for spring by mulching around trees, prepping flower beds, picking up trash and plant debris, and getting Centennial Gardens ready for summer visitors!
The Greenway River Ranger program is designed for high school students to develop their leadership and communication skills, as well as knowledge of the environment and environmental education. These students are selected from two different high schools- KIPP Denver Collegiate and KIPP Northeast Denver Leadership Academy (KNDLA). They help with instructing on four different 5th grade trips over the course of the school year.
Their final day of teaching was Monday, April 30. The Rangers began the day with a professional development workshop led by SPREE staff discussing the differences between education and advocacy. At each of the morning excursion activities, the Rangers took turns team teaching and then teaching a group of students all by themselves. They taught about the adaptations of beavers, how to test the health of the river, ways that different pollutants affect our river, and how to paddle in a raft.
In the afternoon, Rangers facilitated and participated in the critter crawl, doing a great job of managing students, engaging their curiosity, and being enthusiastic when students caught crawdads and other aquatic macro-invertebrates!
To hear more about our River Ranger program, click here!