Friends of Alewife Reservation is collaborating with the 2009 Mayor’s Summer Youth Employment Program (MSYEP) to work with fifteen youth for learning projects and workshops at Alewife Reservation. As the recently hired 2009 FAR Summer Ecology Camp Supervisor, Katherine Walsh will collaborate with professional and volunteer instructors in teaching water quality testing, tree and trail maintenance, invasive species removal, wildlife tracking, birding, art presentation and plant identification. In addition to an educational and training experience, the youth will continue FAR’s mission of stewardship of the reservation and advocating for its future preservation for the DCR. Camper youth from Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School will venture on field trips, including one to the Harvard Museum of Natural History and one to Blue Heron Farm in Lincoln to witness sustainable agricultural practices which will be compared with two sessions on edible wild plants with Russ Cohen for an understanding of plant growth and nutrition. Ecology Camp youth will be taking photos and writing journal reflections in the creation of a Wiki web project which documents their work and expresses their full personal experience. By implementing these goals for FAR and the broader community, FAR hopes our youth will gain a greater appreciation of the need to preserve and protect our urban wilds, and possibly, to pursue a future in an environmental field.

This will be the FAR Summer Ecology Camp 2009 Wiki Project. The Wiki Project will be authored and designed by the campers and used to document their six weeks of ecology camp. FAR hopes you enjoy learning about Alewife Reservation and the conservation efforts of our teens.