(June 11, 2021) A Conservancy goal is to provide internships at Grassy Waters Preserve for high school and college students. The Conservancy is excited to announce our first internship where the student will be receiving college credit.
Maya Fives, is a valedictorian graduate of Park Vista High School in Palm Beach County and environmental science major at the University of Florida. Maya contacted the Conservancy looking for an internship to get real life experience in the field. Working with her UF advisor, the Conservancy put together a summer program with the Preserve staff which will earn Maya undergraduate credit from UF. Maya is now two weeks into the internship and here is her brief description of the experience.
“Being outside is so helpful because I get to experience first hand things I’ve learned about in books.”
Highlights have included a kayak tour to learn about the Preserve history, geology, and many species; a herpetological and bird survey; dip-netting experiences that provide for elementary education programs; endangered orchids surveying (part of the Preserve’s restoration project); and moss cataloguing for a future education program.
The Conservancy hopes this is the first of many credit earning internships we can offer at the Preserve.
All the funds raised from Conservancy memberships are used to support our intern programs. We hope you will consider becoming a Conservancy member and supporting this program.