They're three high school students from New York City, spending the summer in Washington state as part of The Nature Conservancy's LEAF program. LEAF is all about empowering the next generation of conservation leaders. The program provides paid summer internships for students in natural areas across the nation.
Khadijah, originally from Jamaica, is looking forward to kayaking, canoeing and hiking in the evergreen state. Tiffany, a native of Guyana, has the highest GPA in her high school. She anticipates that this summer will change her life. Tiana, 16, has just started the college search.
Our LEAF interns have a busy summer ahead learning about Puget Sound, conservation and the outdoors—and there are no cell phones or computers allowed.
Our interns are back in NYC, but we won't soon forget them!
On their final days in Washington, our interns get put to work.
Our interns dish about composting, salmon and Nature Conservancy staff.
LEAF isn’t just about conservation; it’s also about encouraging interns to grow through new experiences.
The girls hike Sauk Mountain, a peak topped with snow.
Tiffany, Khadijah and Tiana help out with one of the Conservancy's most exciting restoration projects.
Our interns spend an evening under the stars.
The girls learn about one of Washington's iconic species.
Take a peek at some of the photographs our interns are bringing back.
Khadijah blogs about a challenging mountain hike.
Tiffany blogs from the North Cascades Institute.
How does Seattle differ from NYC? Tiana says: "the people have time to smile and wave here."