Last week on Veterans Day, as Lawrence residents were remembering and celebrating the brave men and women whom have served our country, bright blue skies and unseasonably warm temperatures made for a perfect day to get outside and explore. Laura went for a walk along the Greenway and shared some of her photos with us. Red and yellow leaves hanging over the river, and a shot of a large American Crow showcase late fall in Lawrence!
Last week Groundwork Lawrence’s Green Team began a new project documenting some of the many bird species living in Lawrence’s largest urban wild, Den Rock Park. Our project began at GWL’s headquarters where the Green Team members learned about bird conservation, bird migration, and bird identification. We even had real live (well, they were alive at some point) museum specimens to get a closer look at perspective of some of Lawrence’s bird species.
Every week we want to post a new Spicket River Greenway Photo of the Week, and with so much happening all the time on and around the Greenway we need your help to capture it all! Next time you head out for a walk on the Greenway bring your camera or your smart-phone and keep your eyes peeled for anything interesting. It could be pictures of birds and squirrels, to kids playing, or skateboarders at the Misserville Skate Park. If something catches your eye take a picture, send it to us and it could end up being the next Spicket River Greenway Photo of the Week!
As Groundwork Lawrence's MassLIFT AmeriCorps member, I will be holding monthly service projects with Green Team to improve different environmental issues in Lawrence. During this month's event, we will clean up one of Lawrence's most beautiful trails, the Shawsheen River Trail, which is located behind the South Lawrence East School Complex. All are welcome, and we'd love for you to stop by! If any student needs community service hours, this is an excellent event to attend.
The cleanup will run this Saturday, 10/20, from 9am-12pm. We hope to see you there!
After a few damp and dreary days, Lawrence awoke to bright sunshine and blue skies this morning. With autumn in full swing and winter only a few short weeks away now is the perfect time to get out and enjoy the crisp air, changing leaves, and blue skies. Walking through Lawrence along the Spicket River can really make you forget that you are in a city of more than 75,000 people, the resilience of nature is quickly apparent as you explore this active ecosystem in the midst of urban sprawl.
For more than two decades the City of Lawrence has been working alongside a number of other partners to rehabilitate the former Oxford Paper Mill. Paper production began at the mill in 1846 and was the first of its kind in Lawrence. The site once employed as many as 500 people and produced the glossy paper National Geographic Magazine was printed on. In 1975 the abandoned mill suffered two major fires, local residents began to call it “the Dresden of Lawrence” because of its likeness to the German city after World War II.
We want to let you know about a program we’re supporting called the Sandbox Entrepreneur Program. The goal of this program is to encourage as many people from the Merrimack Valley to share their ideas for products, businesses, and solutions to problems – and then help get those ideas closer to reality.
GWL is seeking an Educational Program Coordinator to implement a variety of youth education programs. Reporting to the Program Director, this position manages 10-20 youth employees, works with the Mass Audubon Environmental Education Coordinator, AmeriCorps Service Learning Coordinator, and temporary summer staff to deliver top quality environmental and public health youth programming and to integrate youth into GWL’s community activities and events.