The Walden Woods Project is delighted to have been selected as a host site for a 2018 half-term TerraCorps (a program of AmeriCorps) service member! On February 13, Marta LeFevre-Levy began her work with us as Youth Education Coordinator. The overarching goal of the TerraCorps Youth Education Coordinator position is to “build long-term capacity of host sites by engaging youth in service-learning, experiential education, and inquiry-based science and nature learning projects.” To that end, Marta will help us develop curricula and engage with new audiences through group visits and programs.
Marta is excited to work with the Walden Woods Project for the next five and a half months. She is looking forward to the opportunity to learn more about curriculum writing, outreach, how non-profits run, and, of course, everything Thoreau. She received her B.A. in Biology in 2014 from Macalester College and has worked in conservation positions around the country, including with the US Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management. Her background is in plant ecology and rare plant conservation. She loves working with youth in the outdoors, having previously worked as an education intern with the New York Department of Environmental Conservation and as a National Crew Leader with the Student Conservation Association. Her interests include local and medicinal botany, yoga and meditation, walking in nature, and backcountry exploration.
We are so happy to have Marta joining our team, with her impressive experience and thoughtful approach to environmental education. She has already jumped right in and is planning a milkweed planting project at Bear Garden Hill, as well as brainstorming lesson plans connected with that site. We look forward to sharing Marta’s progress on those and other initiatives with the community!