On May 6th approximately fifteen environmental science students joined the Maple Avenue Revitalization Group and assisted in their annual spring cleaning efforts.
Our group and Maple Avenue neighbors at the beginning of the event.
Joining the effort was a challenge, since the event started on a Saturday morning, practically at the crack of dawn (9 AM). The weather was overcast and drizzly but cooperated and the big rains held off long enough to collect a considerate amount of trash.
Jackie posing with some of the collection.
A little bit of rain did nothing to dampen the spirits.
We received a big thanks from our old friend Hyacinth Yennie who is already making plans for next year.
This Saturday Christoph’s first-year seminar presented the fruits of its semester-long photography project at the annual Knox Parks Foundation harvest Market. The students had been learning about the role of nature photography in conservation efforts and complemented their classroom work by visiting several community gardens in Hartford and taking pictures.KNOX Parks was nice enough to give us a large corner of their greenhouse to display our images and to set up a little information table where we told visitors about the project Alley and Noelle did an amazing job distributing our catalogs, and everybody had a good time, enjoying the music of several bands, sampling local food (it was Cecilia’s first exposure to Mac and Cheese) and meeting up with some of their photography subjects.
image by Josselyn Zaldivar
Christoph was also busy recruiting potential speakers for next year’s 149 class. So, all-in-all it was a great success.Here are a few examples of our artwork:
image by Cecilia Wang
image by Noelle Casey
image by Jarrod Swain
image by Madi Guay
image by Jake Mores
group portrait by Emily Hamilton
This Saturday more than a dozen of our majors took a break from studying and volunteered their time to the Barry Square Neighborhood Organization. The students met Hyacinth Yennie (P ’06) at 9AM in the Dunkin Donuts parking lot. After a few bagels and the obligatory T-shirts the group picked up trash along Maple Street.
This week students in Biological Invasions (ENVS 220L) began to map invasive species in a nearby natural area adjacent to Cemetery Brook and Hartford’s Hooker Environmental Science magnet school. Students will spend several weeks mapping and quantifying invasive plants that are present at the site, and then develop a management plan that will ultimately be passed on to the school, a local non-profit and the city of Hartford who hope to restore the site. Stay tuned for updates on the progress of this exciting project, and to find out if Jenna, Sarah and Cristina ever made it out of the dreaded multiflora rose-ringed swamp of no return!
Trinity’s ENVS program will participate in the 2014 Great American Cleanup. The details are still a bit murky, but Cameron volunteered us to pick up trash and eradicate invasives around the pond at Pope Park. On Saturday April 19th we plan on spending the morning at the park, do some good and end the half day of hard labor with a picnic or barbecue.
Contact Cameron or Christoph if you are interested in joining us on. Pope Park will provide trash and invasive plants, ENVS will provide transportation, gloves, tools and the food afterwards, and you provide the labor. Everybody wins!