Each year, the Conservancy partners with organizations from all over the region. Our latest partnership is with The Schuylkill Headwaters Association. Through our Annual Sandy Drayer Environmental Scholarship, the Conservancy has contributed $500 to the Schuylkill Headwaters Association in support of a Montgomery County high school student’s participation in an amazing educational opportunity, Schuylkill Acts & Impacts; an Expedition to Inspire Watershed Action.
For those of you that have met Sandy Drayer, you know what a lasting impression she leaves on people. For those of you that haven’t had the pleasure of meeting her, her lifelong dedication and passion for the conservation of Lower Merion’s rich history and natural environment shines through the Conservancy’s continued commitment to these efforts. As one of the founding Board Members of the Lower Merion Conservancy, her work continues to serve as the basis for our ongoing initiatives. In 2004, Sandy retired from the Board after 20 years of service. Upon her retirement, the Conservancy created the Sandy Drayer Environmental Scholarship in honor of Sandy Drayer, the “First Lady” of our local streams.
When the Conservancy was presented with the opportunity to sponsor a local student on an educational adventure along the Schuylkill River, there was no question that the Sandy Drayer Environmental Scholarship was the perfect fit for this program.
Schuylkill Acts and Impacts is a week-long service-learning program (Saturday June 7 to Saturday June 14, 2014) designed to educate and connect ten high school students (9th – 12th grade) from the five counties in the Schuylkill River Watershed to the Schuylkill River. With the help of Outward Bound team leaders, these students will travel by bus and kayak along the Schuylkill River from its headwaters in the coal mining lands of Schuylkill County to its confluence with the Delaware River in Philadelphia.
This program will introduce students to the main issues impacting water quality along the river. Through guided tours, stimulating programs, and applied service work, students will learn how our behavior ultimately affects the water we use and drink every day. Their days will be spent along the waters of the Schuylkill River and their nights will be spent sleeping along its banks under the stars.
The Conservancy along with Sandy Drayer, will have the opportunity to meet and talk to the students when they port their kayaks and visit us at Flat Rock Dam on June 12, 2014. We are excited to be part of this amazing program and look forward to sharing the experience with you! If you or someone you know would like to be part of this program, please visit Schuylkill Headwaters Associations website HERE for more details and to fill out an application.
Also through the Sandy Drayer Environmental Scholarship program the Conservancy is offering a paid high school Summer Native Pollinator Garden Internship for a student entering their senior year. The successful candidate will assist our Conservation Coordinator, Patrick Gardner, with the care of our Stormwater Demonstration Garden, identifying and recording insects and bird visiting the Native Wildflower Garden, and maintenance of Wynnewood Park’s Sensory Garden. To learn more and apply for this paid position download Sandy Drayer Environmental Internship 2014 pdf.