Student Participating in UConn-City Project Turns Ash Tree Into Bench

UConn and the City of Hartford have successfully collaborated in a number of ways on climate issues. A recent collaboration with City Forester Heather Dionne, UConn Extension Professor Tom Worthley, and Keney Park Sustainability Project Director Herb Virgo has yielded a project now on display at City Hall.  The project is a bench, made of a felled ash tree from Bushnell Park, and accompanying poster presentation by Watkinson High School student Naieem Kelly. Naieem undertook a 10-month conservation project through his participation in UConn’s Natural Resources Conservation Academy (specifically the Conservation Ambassador Program) in which high school students from throughout the state participate in an intensive one-week summer field experience at UConn and then partner with local conservation leaders to carry out a project that will benefit their local community and environment.

UConn is now accepting online applications for upcoming UConn’s Natural Resources Conservation Academy sessions. In addition, UConn offers 2-day workshops through the NRCA Conservation Training Partnerships program. That program aims to teach teens and young adults innovative/user-friendly online mapping technology and broad conservation topics. Hartford residents and students are strongly encouraged to apply to both!

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