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Twigs & Swigs at Morris-Jumel Mansion

Posted by Alyssa Martori
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Last season, over 100 New Yorkers joined us to volunteer at our new service series, Twigs & Swigs! If you haven’t heard, Twigs & Swigs puts a social twist on neighborhood greening bringing New Yorkers of all shapes and sizes across the five boroughs to get involved and meet like-minded environmental stewards! Monthly events include a green neighborhood tour, a volunteer activity (think: street tree care, gardening projects, and clean-ups), and end with drinks at a local bar. Your first beer is free courtesy of the Bronx Brewery!

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Become a Sherman Creek Steward!

Posted by Shakara Petteway
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Daffodils are blooming, birds are singing, and the trees are starting to leaf out. It’s official. Spring is here! Time to get outside, into your parks and gardens, and bask in that glorious sunlight.

Of course, there’s more to do than reading a book on a sunny rock—though that does sound incredible. If you crave the satisfaction of digging into the soil, removing the last vestiges of a stubborn vine off of a suffocating tree, or surveying the clean green of a forest understory after clearing it of trash and debris, then you should consider becoming a Sherman Creek Steward!

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#AmeriCorpsWorks: Recognizing our Corps Members

Posted by Leah Silver
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Each year during AmeriCorps Week, we recognize the commitment of AmeriCorps members and alums by highlighting the extraordinary impact AmeriCorps makes across our nation every day. AmeriCorps Week is a time to salute AmeriCorps members and alums for their service, thank AmeriCorps community partners, and communicate AmeriCorps impact on communities and on the lives of those who serve. Read on to learn more about David Roberston’s experience as an Environmental Steward in our Manhattan Gardens.

#AmeriCorpsWorks #GettingThingsDone

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#AmeriCorpsWorks: Recognizing Our Corps Members

Posted by Leah Silver
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Each year during AmeriCorps Week, we recognize the commitment of AmeriCorps members and alums by highlighting the extraordinary impact AmeriCorps makes across our nation every day. AmeriCorps Week is a time to salute AmeriCorps members and alums for their service, thank AmeriCorps community partners, and communicate AmeriCorps impact on communities and on the lives of those who serve. Read on to learn more about Christopher McArdle's experience as a Bronx Environmental Steward.

#AmeriCorpsWorks #GettingThingsDone #ServeTogether

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Coming Soon to a School Near You: NYRP Education Programs!

Posted by Steven Affat
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Focused on environmental education in all capacities, the Education Department recently completed its first pilot season of Winter Programming with the Bronx Charter School for Children, engaging third, fourth and fifth grades. Lessons on photosynthesis included examining leaves under microscopes. Meanwhile, games and activities centered on animal adaptations, natural resources, and the water cycle were big hits. Needless to say, the Education Department and our friends at BXCS were sad to see Winter come to an end.

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#AmeriCorpsWorks: Recognizing Our Corps Members

Posted by Leah Silver
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Each year during AmeriCorps Week, we recognize the commitment of AmeriCorps members and alums by highlighting the extraordinary impact AmeriCorps makes across our nation every day. AmeriCorps Week is a time to salute AmeriCorps members and alums for their service, thank AmeriCorps community partners, and communicate AmeriCorps impact on communities and on the lives of those who serve. Read on to learn more about Stephen Buja's experience as a Highbridge Park Environmental Steward.

#AmeriCorpsWorks #GettingThingsDone #ServeTogether

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Planning Your Garden for Spring

Posted by Jonathan Warner
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If you’re like me, you’re ready for spring. The cabbages and root vegetables have lost their luster, and you’re dreaming of plucking sun-warmed tomatoes and eating them right off the plant. The bad news is, gardening season is still some time away, but the good news is there are things you can do now to prepare your garden to make this year the best harvest yet!

For the extra-motivated, you can begin growing your herbs, vegetables, and greens from seed in your own apartment. Growing trays are lightweight, small, and largely customizable such that, with a little ingenuity, they can fit in even the smallest New York apartment.

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National Invasive Species Awareness Week: Vineland - The Green Desert

Posted by Laura Green
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Next time you are walking through a wooded park or driving along a highway, take a look up into the trees around you. You may notice dangling ropes of woody vines tangling their way up the tree trunks, or swaths of forest that are obscured by an impenetrable leafy cloak. Move in closer to peel one of the vines away from a tree or to peek under the green blanket of leaves, and you will begin to notice that their host trees are suffering. Curling vines dig into tree bark and cut off the flow of water and nutrients, and thick mats of vegetation bend trees in half and prevent their leaves from absorbing vital sunlight. In some places, what was a diverse forest is now a wooden skeleton propping up an expansive vineland where little else can survive.

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National Invasive Species Awareness Week: Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris)

Posted by Claire Turner
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Weeds and invasive plants are not inherently bad. In fact some plants that we deem unwanted actually have a number of beneficial uses.

Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris), one of the most commonly found weeds throughout North America, thrives in NYC. Chances are if you have gone on hike, worked to clear underbrush or tried to maintain a lawn, you’ve seen your fair share of the tall stalks, pointed leaves with silvery undersides and small purple flowers. Mugwort tends to grow in large stands due to an interconnected root system. What this means (much to the chagrin of those working to maintain parks and gardens) is that once it takes hold it can be very labor intensive to keep it under control.

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National Invasive Species Awareness Week: Emerging Threats

Posted by Filomena Riganti
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By definition, invasive plant species have aggressive growing habits. Once established, control and management of noxious weeds is often a costly, laborious, uphill challenge, and eradication is not always possible. It can be far more cost-effective and ecologically sound to focus efforts on preventing invasion in the first place. Controlling existing invasive plants should be part of weed management, but focusing on prevention and early detection of new invasions can be far more effective.

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