Branching Out Boston Field Team – Orientation Week Recap!
This week, here at the Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation, 6 field team members reported to the Navy Yard for their first day of work. Tuesday, July 5th marked the team members’ first day and they had a whole lot of things in store for them!
We started off the week learning about the Olmsted Center, National Park Service, and the history of the Charlestown Navy Yard. The field team also partook in a scavenger hunt activity that included being in the Navy Yard and visiting the Bunker Hill Monument.
The field team members were then really ecstatic about getting their steel toed work boots and all their other NPS apparel. We want to ensure safety this summer for our Branching Out team so everyone participated in CPR/First Aid training.
To finish the week off, all of the Branching Out field team members participated in a team building rock climbing activity at Rock Spot Rock Climbing. The field team was able to get to know each other and become comfortable with each other, which will in turn lead to a productive week of work next week at Adams National Historical Park!
Orientation week was fantastic and we are looking forward to a great summer! Learn about the field team members below and visit our blog site again next week for the re-cap on our first project!
Meet the Boston 2016 Field Team members:
I am from Somerville. I attend school in Cambridge. My family is German, and I speak fluent German. I like to play and watch sports, and I also love to learn. I like to hang out with my friends and go to the gym. I like history and English for school subjects. This summer I am looking forward to learning new skills at Branching Out. I look forward to learning, getting a farmers tan, and having fun!
Liam Kennedy (Returner)
My name is Liam Kennedy. I am from Charlestown (Boston) and this is my second year on the field team with Branching Out. I attend Matignon High School and am going to be a senior next year. In my free time I like to play sports and hang out with my friends. This summer I am most of all looking forward to the travel project. I am also looking forward to all of the new work projects and getting back to work on the ones from last year.
My family is originally from down south. I grew up in Boston, I live in Dorchester. I like to chill and keep to myself. This summer during Branching Out I am looking forward to our camping trip in New York. Also the projects we will be working on at the National Parks. My favorite quote is, “first understand to be understood”. This means you must understand where someone is coming from then be understood.
Jiachang ‘Tony’ Zou
I moved to Boston from China. I like watching movies most because movies connect me to many different things. Moreover, I love listening to music. I listen to music everyday. What the future holds in store for me is really exciting. I am looking forward to college life. I like meeting new people and exploring new things in college. After college I wish to study more in fashion design. This summer I am looking forward to camping and learning the history about the National Parks.
Wait? Me too? OK… Howdy! My name is Bukhari Brown. This is my first time working with Branching Out. I love the outdoors and the scenery they create. So I want the honor of being able to protect and enjoy it at the same time. While I go to school for social work, I hope to work on environmental efforts. This summer I am looking forward to working outside in a beautiful landscape, making friends, and finding similar work in the future.
Hi, I’m Lorre! I grew up in Dorchester, but about 6 years ago I moved to a small town in the suburbs called Norwood. Initially moving there, I had no real idea of what I wanted to do until 8th grade when my Nana introduced me to this amazing school called Norfolk Aggie. At the time I was obsessed with horses and altering seeing their program I knew that I needed to go there. After I was accepted to the school I explored all the options they had and that’s when I was introduced to trees and arboriculture. I knew that’s what I wanted to do as a career and in a few months I am gonna be attending UMASS Amherst for arbor. When I’m not trying to ID every plant walking down the street, I’m rollerblading, and eating at places I’ve never been before. This summer I’m looking forward to the difference between landscape companies and working for the park service.