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Green Team Visits Eagle Eye Institute

On Saturday, November 5th, the Green Team traveled out to Eagle Eye Institute in Peru, Massachusetts. Green Team walked a mile to what seemed like an ordinary work site. Then, they were separated into two groups, one which was building a shelter while the others were building a bench; all while using the materials around them. In the shelter group, they used fallen trees and branches.

Groundwork Voices From Yellowstone: Juana Lopez

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The hike up Yellowstone’s Specimen Ridge from the Crystal Creek trailhead is challenging for even experienced hikers. The steep sandy slope makes the journey difficult, but the coveted views of petrified trees against the backdrop of a deep, wide valley filled with bison are definitely worth the arduous trek. Carrying tools and heavy metal signs to guide tourists away from eroded social trails certainly adds to the challenge, as does digging post holes into the rocky outcrop, but one worker seems to move at twice the pace of others. At 4’10”, Juana Lopez, 16, remains a dynamo of energy the whole work day, scrambling around others as the call goes out for “pick-mattocks” or “shovelers!”

Urban Adventures 2016

Here are some snapshots from this summer's Urban Adventures!


Untitled design (4).jpgUrban Adventures students investigate waste in their community and what local businesses and organizations are doing to address it. At Kachel Motor Company, an auto shop, students get a close look at a machine that grinds down scrap metal, which will later be melted and recycled (lower left). 


At Market Basket, Leo Lopez, manager and former Boys & Girls Club member gives students a special behind-the-scenes tour and explains how the store collects all organic waste to be picked up by a pig farm (lower right).


Staff from The Clean River Project take the kids out for a spin on the Merrimack River (hosted by Greater Lawrence Community Boating). The Clean River Project has found several cars and even an old safe! (there was no money inside, unfortunately).


UAC Presentation on August 11, 2016

UAC Community Day Flyer.jpg We are pleased to announce that Groundwork Lawrence's (GWL’s) Urban Archaeology Corps (UAC) in partnership with the National Park Service (NPS) is having a presentation of their research to several city officials, NPS and GWL employees, and the mayor on Thursday, August 11, 2016 from 10:00am to 11:00am in the Campagnone Common (North Common).

The Lawrence High School Garden

Written by FoodCorps service member, Alex Stenner.


At Lawrence High School, the LHS Prep students are building a garden – literally reshaping the land. To give you perspective – the garden is 5,000 square feet in size (50’ x 100’). It’s big enough to be a successful vendor at a farmers market with a serious bounty. Students in the LHS Prep unit are typically 16-22 years of age, and are identified with special needs for education. And, truth be told – I’m impressed by these budding green thumbs (students and teachers alike). We’ve yet to harvest a crop together – but they’ve proven to be hard workers and they can learn anything.

Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union Foundation's Give-A-Click Contest

Help Groundwork Lawrence win a $1,500 grant from the Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union Foundation! From now until June 30th, GWL will be featured on the We Share a Common Thread website competing with two other non-profits. The process is easy; simply click on the Groundwork Lawrence box and submit your vote! Feel free to share this great contest on social media to encourage your friends to vote as well.