New York City high school students will survey neighborhood trees next week as part of a program to teach students to think about the urban environment.
The students hail from the NYC iSchool. The iSchool program is geared to engage students in meaningful work in real world situations and provide the in-house classroom structure to support that development.
Sponsored by Trees New York the neighborhood survey will encourage students to explore the environment beyond being a topic of study. It is hoped that through this experience participating students will begin to look at the environment as a viable and compelling career path going forward.
The Young Urban Forester program by Trees New York brings together high school students with environmental professionals in New York City. Students receive hands-on training and use the technologies commonly used in environmental analysis including GPS and GIS. These tools will help the 23 students develop their mapping skills while identifying community tree priorities in and around the Hudson Square survey area.
"Having local organizations like Trees New York participate in National NeighborWoods Month (NNM) helps us show the cumulative effect of a burgeoning urban and community forestry movement," said Alliance for Community Trees Executive Director Carrie Gallagher. The Alliance sponsors NNM and Trees New York is a member of the Alliance.
The event is one of hundreds of re-greening efforts throughout the country being promoted during October.