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