LEAF Weekly Diary
Week 2

During their second week on the job, Kentucky’s Leaders in Environmental Action for the Future (LEAF) interns spread their energy over a few projects, beginning with a visit to Cambellsville University. According to LEAF program mentor, Natasha Koomen, the interns were pleasantly surprised to learn that smaller schools like Campbellsville often have a variety of scholarships opportunities that can make a private education an affordable option for higher learning.

City Beautiful

On Tuesday the interns shifted gears back to working with Brightside, our local partner who educated the interns about Louisville’s tree canopy before deploying them to recruit future tree stewards in a local neighborhood during their first week on the job. After digitizing notes from their canvassing adventures, the interns helped Brightside landscaper Cindy Marquel with tending to flower and plant beds situated around one of Louisville’s clover leaf ramp systems.

After that, the interns set to helping Brightside prepare for its largest fundraiser, a volleyball tournament held at a local park. They moved benches, put up signs and cleaned up trash in anticipation of the many teams that would take part in the event.

“On the day of the event, the interns passed out recycling propaganda and talked to participants and supporters and helped out at the drink station,” adds Komen. 

Palisades Paradise

The interns wrapped up the week with an overnight trip to the Kentucky River Palisades where they toured Shaker Village and took a ride on the historic Dixie Belle riverboat. After learning about the region’s unique geologic and anthropological history, they enjoyed four-star lodging accommodations at the home of Ken and Vicki Brooks who are stewards of the Conservancy’s nature preserves in this part of Kentucky.

“In return for their hospitality, Ken and Vicki awoke to eight sets of hands ready and willing to help with cutting and treating invasive honeysuckle at the Sally Brown Nature Preserve, located next door to their home,” says Koomen.

After pancakes and bacon cooked over an open fire, the interns got to work removing the invasive vegetation to make way for native species. At the end of the day, the interns felt proud of their work and the visible difference they had made.

LEAF Look-Ahead

See what’s in store for our LEAF interns in Week 3!

  • Building a natural play area for children with Louisville Grows
  • More college visits!


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