Blogs

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!”

The Lawrence High School Garden

Written by FoodCorps service member, Alex Stenner.

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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.

Urban Archaeology Summer 2016

This summer, in collaboration with the National Park Service, Groundwork Lawrence will add a new and exciting program to our ranks!

The Urban Archaeology Corps (UAC) is an innovative project that will engage 8 Lawrence young adults, ages 16 - 24 in exploring urban cultural heritage and archaeology within the National Park Service and the Greater Lawrence community. This new program not only provides five weeks of paid work for Lawrence young adults but also provides hands-on professional training and exploration of archaeology as a career.