Audubon Center Benefits from Summer Fellowship

AUDUBON PA – Gilliam Lorenzo, one of 30 local youth fellows working in environmental education under the Delaware River Fellows Program, spent her summer at the John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove, 1201 Pawlings Rd., helping to establish native plant gardens at three area schools.

Lorenzo’s goal was to increase biodiversity in the area, help restore healthy soils, and prevent river pollution, the program reported. From the well-known Montgomery County historic and conservation-oriented facility just east of the U.S. Route 422 exit at Oaks, Lorenzo worked with Spanish speaking students, teachers and families to enhance their understanding about ecological restoration, it noted.

The program is intended to give young adults the opportunity to get valuable, first-hand experience in habitat conservation and environmental education in the Delaware Watershed. This years’ individual projects focused on environmental issues and engaging local communities. They gained knowledge of conservation, and shared with others their passion for the enjoyment, use, and care of natural areas.

Lorenzo and her colleagues participated during late August in a Philadelphia capstone summit in which they offered presentations on their research, findings, and experiences.

The program is funded by the William Penn Foundation. Many of its more than 120 individual fellows have gone on to continue working in the environmental field.

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