Youth Conservation Corps (YCC)
From left to right: Nina, Kayla, Hippolyte, Eli, Esme, Cameron, and Noah.
The Youth Conservation Corps is a national organization that works to empower youth through summer employment opportunities. For 8 weeks this summer the SFBG YCC Crew will be focused on removing invasive species from the fragile ecosystem at the Leonora Curtin Wetlands Preserve in Santa Fe County.
This summers crew includes 7 hard workers from Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico including co-leads Nina Katz and Noah Watts-Fried and members Cameron Bayly, Hippolyte Bernard, Elias Elicio, Esmerelda Flores and Kayla Tenorio. If you would like to stay in the know about what our crew accomplishes this summer be sure to follow our blog, Botanical Adventures.
YCC Lead, Nina Katz ended up in New Mexico after graduating from St. Mary’s College of Maryland where she studied environmental studies and philosophy. Since moving West Nina has worked primarily in outdoor and environmental education through which she has loved getting to know the beautiful New Mexican landscape. Nina is excited to be co-leading this summers YCC crew as well as coordinating the Master Naturalist Program in the fall. When she is not at work you can find Nina cooking, playing music with friends, volunteering, camping or hiking.
A Few Words from our 2017 Middle and High School Summer Interns
Paloma–I wanted to do the internship at the Botanical Garden because I thought it would be an interesting thing to do during the summer, and I really like to plant things, even though they always die. I’ve been learning how to not kill my plants, so that’s cool. I like learning about the different types of plants and setting up activities for the families that come in to the Botanical Gardens. I love music and not accidentally murdering plants.
Revely—I am 13 years old and have lived in Sana Fe for my whole life. I enjoy being at the garden because the plants and the land allow me to collect my thoughts and calm down. I also think the plants are really beautiful. I think it is crazy how plants and flowers can grow in New Mexico, even though there is so little water. I like doing the internship at the botanical gardens because it allows me to show other people the beauty of the gardens.
Emma–I am 14 years old, and I go to Santa Fe Prep. This is my second summer at the garden. I love being here over the summer because the garden becomes very beautiful. One of my favorite parts about working at the garden is watching people enjoy the activities and the garden. My favorite activities are either listening to or playing music and I spend most of my time doing one of those.
Kate–I’m 15 years old and an upcoming sophomore at Santa Fe Prep. Summer 2017 marks my fifth summer as an intern at the Garden. I have loved seeing how much the garden grows and changes each summer. Though plants aren’t necessarily my passion, I do like setting up activities to do with the many children that come and visit the garden. I am glad that I am able to learn and teach others about the land that I live on in a space that is beautiful and close to where I live. Other than what I do in the garden, I enjoy music, speech and debate, and creative writing.
Lorenzo–I am 15 years old and this is my 2nd year as an intern at SFBG. I go to New Mexico Connections Academy, and will be going into 10th grade this year. I greatly enjoy coming to and working in the garden, since I like the outdoors, but there’s not much green in Santa Fe. I also enjoy listening to music, as well as playing video games and spending time with my friends.
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Our work would not be possible without the dedicated core of volunteers who serve as docents at our preserve and public garden, lecture speakers, educators for school programs, horticulturalists, contributing authors of articles and research, photographers, artists, graphic designers, and so much more.