- 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!
2011 LEAF Interns