By Wendy Liscow, Program Oﬃcer, The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation
One warm, crystal clear morning in August, I was lacing up my hiking boots with great anticipation. Not only was I going to get to leave my more formal foundation program oﬃcer uniform at home, but I was also going to a site visit at the South Mountain Reservation to meet the Student Conservation Association’s Newark-area service corps. I had been to visit the crews last summer at Newark’s Branch Brook Park and was blown away by the high school students’ enthusiasm and the skills and knowledge they had accumulated over seven busy weeks. This visit promised to be equally gratifying.
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