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Forest Project

Age 15-19
Cost Paid
Program type Summer, After School
Languages None
Contact us Youthprograms@Wavehill.Org
Deadline Feb. 15, 2019


Wave Hill is a 28-acre public garden and cultural center in the Bronx overlooking the Hudson River and Palisades. Its mission is to celebrate the artistry and legacy of its gardens and landscapes, to preserve its magnificent views, and to explore human connections to the natural world through programs in horticulture, education and the arts.


Spend an unforgettable summer working as part of a small crew protecting and improving Wave Hill’s woodlands, enjoying the outdoors, learning about restoration ecology and making friends. Second-year interns learn basic mapping (GIS) skills.

Now going into its 37th year, the Forest Project continues to be one of Wave Hill’s signature programs. This paid summer internship gives high school students an unparalleled opportunity to learn about ecology in an urban setting. Throughout the summer, interns gain hands-on field experience and participate in a dynamic, field-based course. Guest speakers, field trips and special projects contribute to an immersive and rewarding summer. The work is demanding but satisfying—building and maintaining woodland trails, removing invasive plant species, shoring up eroded slopes and helping to document the process of restoring the disturbed woodland toward a more balanced state. Team-building activities help create a strong sense of community and connection both for fellow interns and for the project's collective mission.

First-year interns earn $9/hr, Second-year interns earn $9.50/hr


• Currently Enrolled In The 10th, 11th Or 12th Grade • Interested In Learning About Urban Natural Areas • Strong Academic Record, Especially In The Sciences • Ready For Rigorous Fieldwork And Academic Study