Lowell Youth Win River Stewardship Award

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River Stewardship Awards Ceremony 2017

Lowell High Students Honored for Watershed-Focused Conference

Every year, the Sudbury-Assabet-Concord River Stewardship Council awards local groups and individuals for their work “to protect and preserve our wild and scenic rivers.”  Environmental educators Sally Farrow (Mass Audubon Drumlin Farm) and Carolyn Meklenburg (LP&CT) nominated our TREES (Teens Representing Environmental Excellence and Stewardship) students for their work organizing and hosting Lowell High School’s first Environmental Youth Conference.  When asked to describe how the conference demonstrated commitment to the environment above and beyond the ordinary in her nomination, Carolyn wrote,

“This year, TREES students wanted to go above and beyond their usual localized projects to encourage environmental stewardship at a higher level, reaching beyond Lowell’s borders to connect with other teens within our watershed. Many of the students were required to step outside of their comfort zone to make this happen—speaking in front of a group, coordinating with the school administration, welcoming new people into their school—further showing their commitment to the project. Not only will this have a lasting impact on the environment in fostering future environmental stewards, but demonstrates their maturity and extraordinary leadership skills.”

Four student representatives attended the awards ceremony in Sudbury on Friday, June 16.  They received one of seven River Stewardship awards given by Sarah Bursky of the National Park Service, and were the youngest recipients!  Congratulations to our students.