Bronx Students Learn About Conservation Right at Home

Bronx Times
Friday, October 12, 2018
Dozens of borough high school students got to learn more about ecology this summer both in their communities, and in a handful of cases, at far-flung destinations.
 
Approximately 70 students from four borough high schools took part in a Student Conservation Association ‘Community Crews’ conservation program in July and August giving them experience working on environmental conservation projects in local parks including Van Cortlandt and Pelham Bay parks.
 
Additionally, select students, including Cardinal Hayes’s Juan Tapia, visited Olympic National Park in Washington state to hike, perform environmental conservation projects, and get in touch with nature as part of the SCA’s National Crews program.
 
Tapia told the Bronx Times that during the two-week excursion, the crew or group of students he was with did everything from conducting science experiments testing water samples to picking up trash that fell from ships passing by the oceanside park.
 
“Before taking this trip I had not considered studying bio-chemistry or going to a school of forestry, so this opened all of that up to me,” said the Cardinal Hayes senior.
 
“They take away a lot from this and it is a pretty life-changing experience for the students,” said John Donovan, SCA New York City program manager. “We are getting them outside of their comfort zones… they are getting to work in a team with people they may or may not know, and we give them opportunities to be leaders throughout the summer.”