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    MONDAY 7/6/09
    Orientation
    Overall,

    Orientation
    Overall,
    Orientation was
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    others' names.
    The

    The
    campers were
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    enough greenspace.
    The

    The
    campers were
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    office behavior.
    Representative

    Representative
    Brownsberger came
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    labor rights. The campers were disappointed he did not speak more about the Silver Maple Forest.
    The campers enjoyed going over the packet contents, learning more about the schedule and future activities. The liked getting their own personal journals for future writing activities. The campers' favorite part of the day was Ellen's Reservation walk. The campers were tired of sitting inside and listening to speakers, and were glad to be walking outside and seeing the reservation. They enjoyed the pole game and trying to figure out the directions of north, south, east, and west. For many, it was their first time on the reservation.
    WEDNESDAY 7/8/09
    On

    On
    Wednesday, everyone
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    of trees.
    GreenSenes

    GreenSense
    showed up
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    the trees.
    During

    During
    lunch time,
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    correct information.
    After

    After
    lunch we
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    to meet.
    I

    I
    found both
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    the campers. One difficulty we ran into was making sure all the kids bring lunch like I asked them to; this was more successful on Friday.
    FRIDAY

    FRIDAY
    7/10/09
    We

    We
    met at
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    change them?"
    This

    This
    question was
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    the environment.
    After

    After
    journaling and
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    go home.
    Things

    Things
    I am
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    "on-the-job" learning.
    Renee

    Renee
    was very
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    future camps.
    Monday: 7/13/09
    Campers answered the Journal Question:
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    Campers answered Journal Entry:
    There are many different people and positions involved in making environmental regulations. Put these in order of who you think is the most influential:
    -scientists/ecologists
    -the

    -the
    government
    -lawyers
    -schools
    -non-profits
    -you

    -lawyers
    -schools
    -non-profits
    -you

    Why did you put them in that order? Who are we forgetting?
    Kites with Don McCasland
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    •Campers wrote about the discussions we have had, their journal entries, the wildlife they have seen
    •See attached sheet for some examples; the other groups’ writings are on the other computer
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    the computers
    Examples of Wiki writings:
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    (last week)
    “Wednesday

    “Wednesday
    we went
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    and Charlie
    The

    The
    Deer
    “I

    “I
    didn’t see
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    scare them.”-Denesia
    “The deer had no horns so it was probably a female. She acted very scared and it was always trying to get away from us. It was trying to hide and hide in the tall grass which it also ate. They probably came in from local towns that have more forest. I think it’s a safe place for them when they’re inside the reservation, but when they try to cross the roads surrounding the reservation, it’s kind of dangerous because they run the risk of getting hit by a car or truck!” –Elijah
    Monday 7/20/09
    Campers arrived and worked on journal question: Pretend you are the mayor of Cambridge and you have just received an unlimited budget to spend on tackling environmental issues. Which three issues are you going to tackle? How would you solve them? Lay out your exact plan, step by step, for meeting these challenges. Think about who you need to contact or get to support you.
    Walked to reservation and picked up the tools; walked to the back trail that goes behind Cambridge Park Drive and Dodge; walked the whole trail doing trail maintenance in the overgrown areas and discovered three or four short-cut paths that can be worked on during a later date
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    •We finished the day with a discussion on the history of the reservation.
    Wednesday, 7/22/09
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    step-by-step schedule:
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    1.
    You should
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    and 8:40
    2. Write the journal question on the White Board and put the journals and pens on the table
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    the reservation?
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    3.
    Campers meet
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    at 9:00am
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    Campers should
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    they have.)
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    5.
    Have them
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    signed in
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    Have them
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    (our suite)
    David:

    David:
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    and Wednesday
    Kevin:

    Kevin:
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    the training)
    Charlie

    Charlie
    will be
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    filled out
    Everyone

    Everyone
    else: MTWF
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    20 hours
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    7.
    About 9:30,
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    with them
    Head

    Head
    over to
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    lobby downstairs)
    8.

    8.
    Janet will
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    trail shortcuts
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    9.
    Campers must
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    restrooms there.
    10.

    10.
    If there
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    the shortcuts
    Split

    Split
    into three
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    James, Kyle
    12. Please type up a summary of the day’s activities: include details from the day such as specifics about the campers, their activities, challenges, successes. Anything good like questions and what you discussed.
    Campers answered Journal Question: Think and write about the history and importance ofAlewife Reservation. What have we learned about its history, its resources, the plants, wildlife, and people involved? What kind of work have we been doing? Why is this work important or how is it helping the reservation?
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    Campers met with Janet Hobbs for a session of nature art.
    •Janet asked them first to use colored pencils and crayons to draw flowers, then taught them how to use watercolors to create a landscape painting.
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    and perspective.
    •After the photo show the campers tries to do some trail maintenance on the shortcut trails, but a few were actually homeless trails and not shortcuts through.

    Friday 7/24/09
    Met with Matt Wilson to go over the water quality testing kits and make sure we a) knew the directions and b) had everything we needed
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    •How are wasps nests formed?
    •How long can trees survive in the reservation?
    Monday 7/27/09
    Today

    Today
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    it out athttp://farsummerecologycamp09.wikispaces.com/at http://farsummerecologycamp09.wikispaces.com/ .
    Title:
    Who?
    Where?
    Terms,

    Title:
    Who?
    Where?
    Terms,
    New Words, Definitions
    What

    What
    did we do?
    What

    What
    did we see?
    Name

    Name
    two specific
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    and describe.
    Connect

    Connect
    what we
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    want answered?
    John Francis gave an introduction and spoke about the different types of energy sources that are used to make electricity for people's use. He discussed which types are best for the environment (solar, wind, geothermal, hydrpgen gas) and which are more harmful (fossil fuels). He then focused specifically on solar power as it is known as the "cleanest" type of energy because it lacks emissions. John kept the campers entertained with many gadgets that were powered by his lamp, his source of "solar" energy. Examples include the wind cap, the piano man, and the mini oil pump. He left us with flyers for KidWind projects, how to make out our windmills, and a packet on the different types of renewable energy. John explained to the campers that he that he taught them so they could now go and teach others about solar energy, especially to other youth. John is planning on coming to the picnic and that is when he will give out the solar energy kits.
    PRESS RELEASE
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    Invitation to the picnic
    Dear members and friends of Friends of Alewife Reservation,
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    Cohen’s recipes.
    Our campers will be in small groups taking our younger campers from the Arlington Boys & Girls Club around the Reservation to show them aspects of it. You will be able to meet our Coordinator and consultants at that time. The tour and kite flying with the Boys & Girls Club will occur at 10:30 and the picnic will be held at 12 noon. We will have a short ceremony after the picnic. We will meet at the Reservation on Acorn Park Drive, however if weather does not permit this, we will meet at the office for our picnic: 186 Alewife Brook Parkway at noon. Thanks for contributing to this effort. Each year, FAR tries to provide in-depth training so that some of these youth will go on to a career in environmental conservation services, so needed in this day and age.
    Sincerely,
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    Arlene, Shawma, and Alex arrived
    We set up all the needed supplies and kits into four groups; the four groups will be led by Shawma, Alex, Stephen, and Jake; Arlene and I will be floaters to check on all the groups
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    the water
    Each group’s kit included:
    A bucket
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    Arlene gave the four leaders a tutorial of the day’s agenda, the kit pieces, and the different tests.
    Arlene and the leaders introduced themselves to the campers. Arlene gave each camper a packet called “The Diversity of Life in a Pond: Macroinvertebrates”. She then gave a powerpoint presentation on pond life and macroinvertebrate diversity. She had slides showing pictures and descriptions of various macroinvertebrates, all the ones the campers would try to identify using the vials and then out in the water samples.
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    the office.
    When we got back to the office, we sorted all the supplies while the campers watched the Silver Maple Forest Summer Solstice video. Then I spoke to them about the letters for the Governor, the picnic with the Boys & Girls Club, nextweek’s field trips, and the Wiki project. Following my talk, Arlene, Alex, and Shawma gave a closing presentation and talk to wrap things up. The three women asked the campers questions about what they did during the activity, what they thought about the water quality and the differences between Little River and Yeates Pond. They also spoke about their own work and careers to help the campers understand how they too can have a career in the environment. Each spoke about their current position, how they got there, and what types of education they had to get to where they are.
    Daniel arrived and handed out the campers’ checks and some information about upcoming MYSEP events. I had the kids write down all the field trip information for next week and put that info into their camp bags.
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    their ideas.
    After camp, I am bringing the letter to Bertucci’s immediately because Mark said he needed it right away if the picnic is in two weeks.

    August 6th, there is a Public Hearing on the Acquisition of the Silver Maple Forest at 10am. I am going to have the campers attend because they have an extra hour each week of pay. I will attend also; we can bring our letters and I and some of the campers can speak.
    Monday 8/3/09
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    Ale went over the maps and the different “highlights” of the reservation: Little Pond, Little River, Blair Pond, Yeates, Pond, the North Trail, the Main Trail, the canoe launch, the bike paths.
    Ale also brought maps of Blue Hills Reservation in case the campers are interested in visiting.
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    trail maintenance.
    Presentation of trail maintenance tools: Jim showed, named, and described the use for each tool; emphasized safety features and having things like water, food, and a first-aid kit.
    We took a walk to the reservation and walked along the Main Trail halfway. We stopped at two water crossings: the first with a bridge made up of a crate and the second, a bridge made up of a plank connecting the two banks. Ale talked about what might make good bridges or how the DCR could fix these bridges to be safer and more suitable for hikers and bikers. She also talked about other project proposals we could make to the DCR, like clearing brush and vegetation that is blocking parts of Little River from flowing more freely. She mentioned that removal of this brush would help prevent flooding problems further upstream. Ale was able to point out to the campers signs of erosion near the bridges and described how they could be fixed with water blocks. The campers asked questions about staffing and the breakdown of the management and DCR bureaucracy which Ale explained to them (she described the different regional and district offices)
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    3 campers have volunteered to speak: Brian, Elijah, and Charlie. Denesia is thinking about it and will let me know Wednesday. She is a good writer, so she could read some points from her letter. Each camper wrote a final draft of a letter and will all be attenattending (in nice dress clothes) the hearing on Thursday; I will have these typed up on FAR letterhead and each camper will sign their signature at the bottom.
    I went over very specific details for the rest of the week; specific times, meeting places, and proper attire for all our field trips/special events; I made them write down the details so they would not forget or be late.
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    wiki writings. Will be emailing you the letters for you to see; will print the final copies with FAR letterhead (is that okay?) and will take to the hearing Thursday.
    Wednesday 8/5/09
    Arrived at office and spoke on phone with Larry Millman to finalize the details of the day as the email I had “sent” Monday was still in the outbox! II picked up
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    solar kits. At the end of the day, I called him to speak with him about the invoice and he asked me to mail it to him, so I popped that into the mail.
    I met the campers at 9:00 at Harvard Square. We walked to the Museum of Natural History and met Stephen. The bird session had fallen through and so we had a little over an hour to wait. I did not want us just sitting around so I suggested touring the Harvard campus and visiting various buildings. We visited the Science Center, the Yard, and the Carpenter’s Building. Stephen was a good tour guide, giving different scientific and cultural descriptions of the buildings and campus trees.
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    marine mammals.
    Next

    Next
    Mark brought
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    the Museum.
    Next

    Next
    I split
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    and otter.
    At

    At
    12:15, we
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    the shortcut.
    At the end of the day, the campers and I revisited our plan for tomorrow: when we will be meeting, what to wear, behavior, the speaking, and the letters.
    Thursday 8/6/09 State House Hearing
    Arrived at the State House at 9:30 am, all the campers were in dress clothes. Proceeded inside to room A2 and had a seat. I went up to Rep Brownsberger to say hi and let him know we were there. I showed him and Sue Bass the map and Will and I worked out a plan for when the three campers would present the map and testify.
    The campers enjoyed the experience, being able to see a real hearing and hear other types of disputes. When it will finally our turn, Bill 701, Will led off, explaining the bill and why it is being proposed. he next introduced the 13 campers, asking them to stand up; it was a great effect for the whole crowd to see all these campers and their dedication and interest. He called up Brian, Elijah, and Charlie who spoke in that order. I do not agree with what Stephen wrote about Charlie because when he was speaking, I watched two women nodding in agreement with him and what he was saying. His comments are not useful and I will not be sharing them with Charlie. The campers used the map to show the area they were talking about and focused on the educational and environmental values the forest provides for urban youth.
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    social values.
    After the hearing, Will took us to the Governor's office to bring the campers' letters. The campers were in awe of the state house, so all around, an amazing experience. Elijah's grandpa walked with us, he had come to see our campers speak.
    Later that day I wrote the article for you below.
    ...
    (Linda and her friend were not there yet but they may have arrived later...)
    Press Release on Silver Maple Forest Hearing
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    Patrick's office.
    Friday 8/7/09
    Emailed next week's consultants: David Brown and Jason Taylor.
    Picked up check from MSYEP and Sue Bass; deposited that check and the check from Bullfinch into the Cambridge Trust account (total deposit $14776.76.
    Met
    Met campers at
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    be done.
    After

    After
    the lunch
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    that way.
    The

    The
    trip was
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    at camp.
    Monday 8/10/09
    At 9:30 we walked to the reservation and met David Brown for a Wildlife Walk. David brought his castings/molds of various animal tracks to show the campers. The campers sat in a circle to look at the tracks and try to identify the tracks. The campers identified dog and deer, and the fur that is on the paws of fox. David had brought the tracks of deer, dog, fox, wolf, coyote, fisher, and woodchuck. He explained how to tell the difference between dog and wolf tracks based on the nails and spacing of the toes. He also explained that “fisher” is an unusual name for the type of weasel since it does not fish.
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    On Wednesday, August 5th, we went on a fungi nature walk with Larry Millman. We saw a suprising amount of fungi and learned how fungi work in their ecosystem. Larry also showed us how to recognize common fungi.Most can be identified by their bright colors, spores, and soft, puffy or scaly texture. I was suprised how much he knew about these often ignored organisms. It was great learning from him, and experiencing a different type of nature walk. I really enjoyed learning about animals in the morning and fungi in the afternoon.
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    Wednesday August 12, 2009 Jason Taylor came and talked to us about gas and heat. He first talked about how to save money by turning down or turning off the thermos. He then gave us thermoses and had us try to figure out how to us them so that at a certain times when in the house the heat would go up and when you would leave the house the heat would go down. Jason also talked about how to stay warm when wearing more clothes like sweaters; long underwear, blankets or cuddling with other people turns down the heat. Next he talked to us about how to act if you’re in an interview applying for a green job. He said to smile, say “I want this job because I want to help the earth, and I want to make money for my employer” and to not fail the drug test. He also reminded us on how to politely deal with employers and customers. By calling when your going to be late, care about the place you are working on, and ask nicely to use the radio and bathroom. Jason talked about soft skills by having a good attitude and manners, having respect, solving problems, and showing up. Then we went around the room and read about attitude, aptitude, reliability, independence, personal appearance, and job planning. After he handed out two cock guns and one foam gun. Lastly we went into the hall way and Jason showed us how to do a blow door test. We first connected four long rods like legos then we adjusted it so that it fit in the door next we put a red cloth over it and attached the two thing together. Then we put a big fan in a hole that was at the bottom and measured the winds in the room.
    by Denesia Campbell
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    On Friday, August 7, we took a field trip to Lincoln, to a vegetable and flower farm called Blue Heron Farm. We met Elroy, Mia, Ana, and Jackson, who work on the farm. They briefed us on everything that grows on the farm, and the kind of work they do. Since it had just rained a lot, there were weeds growing in their vegetable patches, killing off vegetables. The weeds needed to be removed because they were choking the carrots and taking their soil, water, and nutrients. We weeded about a row and a half, and then had lunch. We realized there wasn’t enough time to keep weeding, so we all sat down and talked about the farm, and had questions answered. They explained that the farm was completely organic, and no pesticides were used. They told us about how the farm was owned by the city and was a protected area, meaning that it could never be developed, and would always be a natural space. The only building on their farm was a stand in front in which they sold everything they produced, including vegetables and flowers. On top of selling their crops at their stand, they would also drive them into Boston and sell them to restaurants and at farmers markets. Ellery also explained the importance of having a diversity of crops to avoid losing your whole season to one pest, blight, drought, or disease. Monoculture is not always a good idea. After we were done talking, we thanked them and headed back to Fresh Pond.
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