In the city of Yonkers, this partnership works to enhance community health and well-being through outdoor engagement, connect people through youth employment, environmental education, recreation, and relevant habitat conservation projects.
Refuge staff joined youth from Groundworks Hudson Valley at the annual Yonkers Riverfest. The event brought in thousands of visitors for free food, entertainment and activities. Those who stopped by the always entertaining Hoverball archery activity had an opportunity to participate in this safe and fun activity for all ages. Visitors were able to walk through the Groundworks Science Barge and see firsthand the wind turbines whirling, solar panels getting their energy from the sun, and the greenhouses bursting with hydroponics. They could also learn about ways to combatin their local community through information and programming led by the Groundworks Green Team members.
Youth Restore Riparian Buffer
Youth from Groundwork Hudson Valley’s Green Team joined refuge staff for arestoration project at Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge.
The youth planted over 30 trees on April 13, along the Wallkill River, a tributary of the Hudson River which flows alongside the youth’s hometown of Yonkers, New York. The Green Team will take their newly-acquired tree planting skills back to Yonkers for riparian restoration efforts of their own.
Spring Garden Spruce Up at Yonkers School 13
In the Spring, refuge staff and Green Team youth from Groundwork Hudson Valley revitalized the pollinator garden at Yonkers Public School 13. The garden was established in 2015 through our urban partnership efforts with funding from the National Conservation Training Center. All the raised beds received weed removal, fresh soil, and new pollinator plants. Community members walking by praised the group for bringing new life to the neighborhood and were excited to witness such great work being done at their local school and in their community.