Students in the botanical garden

More than 20 high-school students participate in the Mosholu Preservation Corporation summer youth employment program in the Bronx, New York City. While they devote most of their time to tree stewardship and maintaining public parks, they also participate in a number of other learning activities. For example, students participate in a course on tree identification and pruning, and canoeing with the Bronx River Alliance. Today the students visited the New York Botanical Garden to see good examples of greening and landscaping. Jennifer Beaugrand, who organizes this summer program with student mentors, hopes that young people will learn some ideas about plants and landscapes in the NYBG and implement these ideas in their own communities.

Students near a Giant Redwood (Sequoiadendron giganteum)

Observing a riverbank restoration project near the Bronx River

At the Rockefeller Rose Garden

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Arthur Ross Nursery

Today high-school students from Mosholu Preservation Corporation learned about integrated pest management at the Arthur Ross Nursery in the North Bronx, and removed weeds. This plant nursery supplies New York City with flowers, bushes and trees. They do not use pesticides, but bring beneficial insects and sometimes volunteers to keep unwanted plants out. On other days these students work with the Bronx River Alliance conservation crew, or attend interactive classes by New York Trees to learn tree identification and pruning.

Edgar Poe Cottage

Edgar Poe spent the last years of his life in 1840s in a cottage on the Grand Concourse in the Bronx, which used to be farmland. Today restorationists from Mosholu Preservation Corporation in the North Bronx worked with students to replant ornamental plants around the cottage according to their ecological preferences.