Conservancy staff members and LEAF interns kicked-off the month-long summer internship with a kayak trip on the Broadkill River to visit the Edward H. McCabe Nature Preserve.
The LEAF interns and staff also explored the Edward H. McCabe Nature Preserve by land.
During another day on the job, the LEAF interns learned about how shellfish gardening restores American oyster populations to waters off of Delaware’s Inland Bays.
During their visit, the LEAF interns found horseshoe crabs and planted oyster shells as part of an Oyster Gardening Program managed by the Center for the Inland Bays.
Jason Beale from the Delaware Nature Society showed the LEAF interns a native frog species at the Abbott's Mill Nature Center.
While at Abbott's Mill, the LEAF interns also rebuilt a pond.
For the first time in the program's 20-year history, LEAF interns engaged in a multi-state project with their peers from New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
At the Conservancy's Cranberry Bog Nature Preserve, the LEAF interns consulted tree identification guides and counted seedlings as part of a scientific vegetation monitoring project.
At another project, LEAF interns collected GPS coordinates to create a map of the nature trails managed by the Delaware Museum of Natural History.
The LEAF interns also participated in some grounds keeping duties at the Brandywine Zoo before taking a hike in Alapocas State Park.
Another fun activity included finding bugs at Red Clay Creek.
The LEAF interns capped off a memorable month at Red Clay Creek, where they gained an appreciation for clean water after teaming up with the Delaware Nature Society to collect stream habitat and water quality data.