Local high school students recently completed the Trustees of Reservations’ first Charles River Youth Corps program, earning conservation-based job experience. Michael Gonzalez of Waltham, Eric Heiman of Needham, and Ben Kaplan of Lexington joined other area youths in maintaining the Upper Charles River Greenway in Watertown, Waltham, Weston, and Newton, as well as the Wilson Mountain Reservation in Dedham.
The open-space preservation organization’s Charles River Youth Corps program is dedicated to providing teens with experience in sustainable management of parks and greenways. Throughout the summer and fall, the participants led more than 100 volunteers in completing a range of projects; the list includes clearing 14,780 feet of urban trails, removing 630 baskets of invasive water chestnuts, painting 40 benches and picnic tables, installing four bulletin boards, pruning vegetation, cleaning litter, and painting a 100-foot mural near the Waltham Bleachery.
For more information about participating in the Charles River Youth Corps program or its volunteer projects, call 508-785-0339, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or go to www.thetrustees.org.
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