Community Projects


Our experience from the Conservation Ambassador Program (CAP) is that when energized, tech-savvy high school students team up with dedicated, knowledgeable local conservation leaders, good things happen. These local projects are a “win” in all directions – for the students, for the local conservation advocates, for the community, and for the environment.

As a team, teen and adult CTP participants will apply new knowledge and tools to address a local conservation project. The project topic, duration and intensity may be tailored to the individual interests and circumstances of the participants. The program coordinator and other CTP instructors will be able to assist throughout the project via in-person visits, webinars, and Google Forum/Classroom. Participants will have the opportunity to showcase their work at a fun, causal event at the Connecticut Land Conservation Conference or Connecticut Conference on Natural Resources. Select participant teams may be interviewed during multiple periods of the project by UConn Neag of School researchers to study the importance of intergenerational learning in informal STEM learning.

See past CTP projects below in the interactive map or the table below.

Conservation Training Partnership Projects

Click on a dot for more information about the participants, their local partners, and their projects.


List of Projects

2017-2018 Projects
Adult Team Member Teen Team Member Project Titles
Joanne Chvisuk Nicholas Moran Peter's Rock Park: Using Mapping Technology to Enrich the Hiking Experience
Laurie Doss Lillian Steinmayer The Power of One Small Patch!
Elizabeth Eldridge Kyra Byrne Hebron Gardens & Trails: Encouraging the Local Community to Get Outside
Rose Horan Brooke Tillotson & Jacob Arciszewski Digitizing the Windsor Locks Canal Trail
Justin Mack Jaich'i Levi Land Use Affects Water Quality in Candlewood Lake?
Margaret Peterson Caitlyn Murphy Joshua's Trust Wildflower Interactive Map
Emily Picard Fiona Haggerty Canoeing the “Q”
Jessie Shaw Saimun Habib Early Explorers
Glen Somogie Dillon Larkin The Influence of Transylvania Brook on the Pomperaug River
Glen Somogie Jeremy Larkin Success of Wildflowers: Pollination, Stratification, Germination
Scott Tinker Aarohi Patel Avon Bear Aware
Joy VanderLek Gabrielle Pazsak Mapping Cheshire Land Trust’s Fresh Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary
Herbert Virgo Naieem Kelly Urban Tree Reuse Project
Anthony Zemba Christopher Leppla Interactive Map of Benjamin Wildflower Preserve


Potential Community Projects

Inventories & Research
  • Virtual: use CLEAR ( and other web tools to do community resource inventories or open space inventories
  • Field: conduct an inventory of vegetation, invasive species, wildlife or water resources for a property or set of properties
  • Town hall: search assessor’s records for various information on existing or proposed open space properties or sites of unique habitat value
Environmental Restoration
  • Identify/evaluate restoration or wildlife habitat enhancement opportunities
  • Participate in ongoing restoration activities and wildlife habitat enhancement activities (e.g., invasive plant removal, bat/bird boxes, osprey platforms)
  • Identify and map specimens, critical areas or other special features
Organization & Planning
  • Property management plans
  • Collect information for town farmland protection plan
  • Collect information for town or land trust open space plan
  • Collect information for stream/wetland protection or restoration projects
  • Identify low impact development opportunities
Mapping & Geospatial Technology
  • Map vernal pools
  • Map and mark boundaries of protected property
  • Map other resources or features of interest
  • Organize and give a presentation for town-wide audience
  • Write an educational pamphlet
  • Create/enhance organizational website


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