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Opportunities To Get Involved In 2018

What’s on tap with the Pound Ridge Land Conservancy in 2018? Our Land Steward and Educator, Krista Munger, will present a series of free educational and service events at PRLC nature preserves starting with our annual Citizen Science and Volunteer Forum on February 25 at the Armstrong Preserve and Education Center.  We will feature local turtle conservation projects that incorporate volunteers and will be recruiting interns and volunteers for our summer program.  Letters of interest about internships may be addressed to Krista at landsteward@prlc.net.  Volunteers of all ages are always welcome.  We hold our first Saturday volunteer work session on March 3 at 10am at the Clark Preserve.  Please register ahead to receive notice of cancellation or change due to weather. 

Hiking trails are open ever day from dawn to dusk at the following PRLC preserves: Armstrong, Bye, Carolin’s Grove, Clark, Halle Ravine, Richards, and Russell.  Please leash dogs for safety and to protect wildlife.  For questions on our dog policy please email us at info@prlc.net.

Date Time Type of Event Location Title
2/25 6pm-730pm Outreach Armstrong Volunteer Recruitment Night: Special topic on opportunities to become involved in local turtle conservation projects
3/3 10am-12pm Volunteer Work Session Clark Invasive Species Management: Remove barberry to maintain watershed forest health
4/14 10am-12pm Volunteer Work Session Isaacson Invasive Species Management: Autumn olive and Asiatic bittersweet
4/22 2pm-4pm Guided Hike Armstrong Earth Day Tour of Vernal Pool and Woodland Wildflowers
4/27 10am-4pm Volunteer Work Session Carolin’s Grove Arbor Day Celebration and Tree Planting
5/3 10am-12pm Volunteer Work Session Halle Ravine Invasive Species Management: Follow up on Euonymus and Bittersweet Cutting
5/20 2pm-4pm Guided Hike Halle Ravine Big Trees: Saving Ash and Hemlock in an Ancient Forest
6/2 10am-12pm Volunteer Work Session Armstrong Invasive Species Management: Garlic Mustard Challenge and Species Identification Training
6/10 2-4pm Guided Hike Bye Preserve A Second Look at Ferns and Mosses

Announcing PRLC's Summer 2017 Internship Openings

PRLC is pleased to announce two paid internships available in Summer 2017.  We seek to provide a direct hands-on learning experience in nature preservation to two college students in the Environmental Studies or a similar field of study.  Our interns participate in trail maintenance, habitat protection, and scientific research projects.  They also act as tour guides to work sites, document and develop site plans, and present a summary of their work to the local community at season’s end.

This year, we offer internships in Preserve Stewardship and Environmental Restoration.  The Preserve Stewardship Intern will range across our eight preserves with trails and will visit other sites protected for their conservation value.  The Environmental Restoration Intern will help us to grow native plant stock in our home nursery at the Armstrong Preserve and Education Center and to plant and maintain restoration areas at select PRLC preserves, including Halle Ravine, Carolin’s Grove, and Clark Preserves.  We also welcome high school students who have the opportunity to volunteer as interns during the last month of their senior year.  Please see our Internships page for more information and instructions on how to apply.

Be Inspired: Citizen Science and Volunteer Forum

Seren at OverlookThe Pound Ridge Land Conservancy invites nature lovers of all ages to attend our Citizen Science and Volunteer Forum on February 26, 6pm, at the Armstrong Preserve and Education Center in Pound Ridge.  Discover opportunities to help land managers and scientists using your phone, camera, laptop, or simple tools.  Find an internship or volunteer position with the PRLC or one of our partners.  Our guest speakers will inspire you to become involved and join with others to make a difference in the world.  

This year, we feature Akiko Busch, author of The Incidental Steward: Reflections on Citizen Science.  Ms. Busch is a Hudson Valley resident who conveys a deep sense of place in her writing.  She will read an excerpt from her book and discuss the crucial role that volunteers play in maintaining our ecosystems.  

We will also hear from local scientists and project directors, including Shaun McCoshum and Carolyn Sears.  Dr. McCoshum currently works for the Westchester Land Trust as the Preserve Manager and Educator. He has earned a PhD in Zoology and is an active citizen scientist and formal researcher who uses data from Citizen Science programs.  Dr. Sears is a former educator and co-founder of The Invasives Project – Pound Ridge.  She will describe plans for a community volunteer effort to use goats to manage Japanese knotweed, an invasive plant species.

Participation is free although prior registration is suggested.  Please contact Krista at landsteward.educator@prlc.net or 914-205-3533 to register and to receive a digital copy of the Environmentalist’s Guide to Local Volunteer Resources and Citizen Science Projects.