New York

2011 LEAF Interns

This June, 10 interns from New York City dispersed to preserves throughout the state. Among them, Marcia Rotondo, Rashanda Price, Anel Mota and Doris Flores headed off to Central & Western New York.

In Eastern New York, interns Daishawn Judge, Ren Chen and Oscar Perez, worked with their mentor Blaze Jones-Yellin and Conservancy preserve staff.

Manuel Rivera, Jeffrey Santos and Aaron Curry hit the beaches of Long Island while working at the Mashomack Preserve.

As summer interns, students in the LEAF program work on a variety of preserve projects. In Central & Western New York, the team helped repair a boardwalk at Lake Julia Preserve.

In addition to mountaintop views, the interns in Eastern New York were treated to campus tours at SUNY New Paltz, SUNY Albany and Pace University.

Ren, Daishawn and Oscar helped clean up Sam's Point Preserve, a popular destination for hikers and birders in Eastern New York.

At Mashomack Preserve, where marine work is of critical importance, Jeffrey and his fellow interns helped with a shellfish restoration project.

Rashada Price and her team helped remove invasive species from the El Dorado Beach Preserve on Lake Ontario.

Ren and his cohorts also had a chance to help tend to trails at the Neversink Preserve, where our work helps supply drinking water to millions of New Yorkers.

Manuel Rivera and the others helped keep track of data while working at Mashomack Preserve.

But the LEAF program isn't just about working at preserves. Here interns Anel and Rashanda reach new heights on a field trip to Salmon River Falls.

The interns in Central and Western New York also had the opportunity to do some canoeing.

In Long Island, Mashomack Preserve Director Mike Laspia turned the beach into a classroom for his hardworking interns.

After four weeks in the field, LEAF interns head back with a new perspective on nature. Learn more about these LEAF interns on the CBS Early Show!


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