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Friends of Kevin Event - Tuesday, June 22, 6:00 - 8:00 PM

Groundwork Lawrence and the Friends of Kevin will be hosting a Friendworking event on June 22nd from 6 to 8pm at Chester’s, 60 Island Street in Lawrence MA. Everyone is welcome (so tell your friends). The admission fee for this event is 10.00

Find Out Where the Gubernatorial Candidates Stand on the Environment

The outcome of this November's gubernatorial election could have profound effects on the Massachusetts environment, given the obvious importance of the state environmental agencies under the Governor's control. Groundwork Lawrence and other environmental organizations are planning a gubernatorial forum for Tuesday, June 29, to ask the candidates about their views on environmental issues. Governor Patrick and Green Party candidate Jill Stein already have confirmed, and all candidates have been invited. This will be a fascinating event in an historic setting with opportunities for Q&A.

Tour the dam in Lawrence - this Saturday at the Kite Festival

Tour Flyer

Take a tour of the dam! On this Saturday June 12 during the Kite Festival, the free trolley tours are on the hour at 12, 1, 2, and 3. The tours will be to the Great Stone Dam and Gatehouse. Enel is holding an open house at the Gatehouse exhibit from 12 to 2, and the Hydroelectric plant will also be open to visitors from 12 to 2. Hopefully the salmon will be running!

Tours begin at the RiverWorks Visitor Center behind NACA
6 South Broadway, Lawrence, Massachusetts
Tours by appointment only on the below dates
May 27
June 11 & 21
July 6 & 21

The hydro plant is also open on
June 12 @ Noon – 2 p.m. & July 17 @ 10 a.m. – Noon
(No Appointment Necessary)
Call (978) 681-1900 to schedule your tour!

Beets and Treats!

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Summer Youth Programming: for 10 to 14 year olds

Summer Stewards

This summer, Groundwork Lawrence is looking for students aged 10-14 to be part of a first-time ever Summer Steward Program. This group of reliable, enthusiastic, and curious students will be responsible for taking care of the Leonard Middle School Garden throughout the summer and occasionally caring for other garden beds in the city of Lawrence. These students will also have the opportunity to learn about nutrition and cook together once a week using in seasonal produce from the garden or a local farm. This is not a paid position, but a summer program for Mondays to Fridays from 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. You may download the application and information here..

Applications must be submitted by Monday June 14, 2010 5:00 PM

  • by mail or dropped off in person at: 60 Island St., 2nd Floor, Lawrence MA 01840
  • faxed to Janel Wright at 978.974.0882

Kite Festival at Pemberton Park June 12 - join us!

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The Kite Festival hosted in partnership with Lawrence Heritage State Park, Greater Lawrence Family Health Center, Northern Essex Community College, and Lawrence Summer Meals Program, is a family-friendly event that includes free kite-making and kite-flying (with Archie Stewart of Kite Education) at Pemberton Park, located on the banks of the Merrimack River. The event features lunch courtesy of the Summer Meals Program, face-painting,
music and free trolley rides. Youth volunteers are needed to help with kite-making.

Update! The free trolley tours are on the hour at 12, 1, 2, and 3. The tours will be to the Great Stone Dam and Gatehouse. Enel is holding an open house at the Gatehouse exhibit from 12 to 2, and the Hydroelectric plant will also be open to visitors from 12 to 2. Hopefully the salmon will be running!

Download the flyer here.
Thank you so much to our partners!

Summer Youth Job Openings

NEW Green City Corps

Groundwork Lawrence (GWL) is looking for members for its NEW Green City Corps program. Green City Corps is a summer program intended for high school students, ages 14 – 18, from Lawrence, MA that will engage young people in assessing the current condition of Lawrence’s Urban Tree Canopy, and creating a strategy for future tree plantings which will ensure sustainability of the City’s tree canopy. Youth will also take 1 experiential field trip, and receive financial literacy and job skills training. Download the application here.

Applications must be submitted by Monday June 14, 2010 5:00 PM

  • by mail or dropped off in person at: 60 Island St., 2nd Floor, Lawrence MA 01840
  • email (scanned with signatures) to Rose Gonzalez
  • faxed to Rose Gonzalez at 978.974.0882

Green Team Summer Program

Groundwork Lawrence is looking for new Green Team Members for its Summer Program (with the possibility of continuing into the year long program). This program offers part-time paid positions for high school students, ages 14 – 18, from Lawrence, MA to help lead local environmental initiatives, learn more about local food and nutrition through gardening and cooking, conduct outreach to their peers, take part in service projects and participate in hands-on improvement projects throughout the City of Lawrence. The program is intended to promote awareness and understanding of: the local food system, important ecological issues like climate change, the relevance of physical activity to our health, the significance of service in our community and region, and the importance of protection and restoration of critical ecological systems and natural resources in the City by engaging teens in advocacy and service-learning efforts aimed at waterways, parks and open spaces. The program has two goals - to prepare youth for a lifetime of environmental leadership, and to develop the community’s capacity to improve the physical environment. Download the application here.

Applications must be submitted by Monday June 14, 2010 5:00 PM
Please, no phone calls. We will call you for an interview if you meet Green Team qualifications. Please note, that references are required and one reference is required to fill out the attached form.

  • by mail or dropped off in person at: 60 Island St., 2nd Floor, Lawrence MA 01840
  • email (scanned with signatures) to Rose Gonzalez
  • faxed to Rose Gonzalez at 978.974.0882

Partner News - Essex Art Center New Paint Scavenger Hunt

Don't miss this fun, FREE, family event . . .

New Paint Artist Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, June 5, 11 AM - 1 PM

Families, be inspired by New Paint artists during a self-guided Scavenger Hunt and then, return to Essex Art Center to create your own Cityscape Masterpiece. Scavenger Hunt and Cityscape Masterpiece are FREE and will be offered between 11 AM and 1 PM on Saturday, June 5.

All Scavenger Hunt participants may enter a raffle to win a Free Summer 2010 Kids Art Class.

Essex Art Center is located at 56 Island Street - join the fun!

Deadlines!- 3 more days of orchard voting and to sign up for the CSA!

vacant lotTurn this into an orchard

Visit Communities Take Root today and vote (you'll have to use the map or index to find our entry-we're the only one in Massachusetts), and click it every day from now through the month of May! Please be patient with their security measures-we appreciate it!

CSA Collage

The last day to sign up for Groundwork Lawrence’s Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) Program is next Tuesday, June 1! Shares still available and if you would like to sign-up but can’t get your registration form and payment in by next Tuesday, contact Janel at jwright@groundworklawrence.org, we may still have room after June 1. The CSA Program provides members with fresh-from-the-farm fruits and vegetables through a partnership with Farmer Dave’s of Dracut. Share sizes, prices, registration forms, and more information about the program can be found at our website, www.groundworklawrence.org/csa. Just two weeks until the first pick-up! Join us!

Groundwork Lawerence Board Member, Rebecca Veilleux, announced as a winner of 2010 Conservation Teacher of the Year Award

rebecca.JPG This award is given in conjunction with the New England Farm and Garden Association. Please check below for a summary of the accomplishments and contributions these teachers do in their schools to help advance the educational system of the Commonwealth.

Congratulations Rebecca, we are so proud to have you as part of the Groundwork Lawrence Team!

High School
Rebecca Veilleux
Lawrence High School, Lawrence, MA
(High School)

Rebecca believes it is crucial for students to learn by exploration, using hands-on activities whenever possible. She teaches biology in her classroom, but uses an expeditionary learning approach to take her students out into their community for maximum enrichment. Rebecca helped a group of students form a nature club, aimed at studying biodiversity of a local river and creating environmental awareness. Students were encouraged to share the results of their study with the community. Ultimately, they attended an international youth biodiversity symposium in Mexico, opening their eyes to environmental issues beyond. This led to river clean-ups and eventual involvement with a local non-profit environmental organization. Rebecca demonstrates commitment and innovation by obtaining grants to bring in technology to the school, and to fund field trips. For example, students are able to go to a field station on Nantucket to study marine ecosystems. They also learn history and culture, and use poetry to tie their whole experience together. Back in the classroom, Rebecca has also developed an elective course, “Urban Ecology,” which engages students to go outdoors and see their city as an ecosystem. The class also teaches about current environmental issues, such as energy conservation and sustainability. Many students lead their peers and families to recycle and understand the importance of “being green” at Lewis and Clark University, and Lawrence Erlbaum Associates published her presentation.

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