We are wrapping up the School Year Program and recently presented our year-in-review presentation highlighting all the work and accomplishments during the program.
Since October, we have participated and engaged in a variety of field projects and skill/training development workshops at a variety of National and local parks within the Greater Boston area. We had great time working with different partners and park sites from the Trustees of Reservations World’s End in Hingham, Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site in Brookline, Minute Man National Historical Park in Concord, and as far the White Mountains in New Hampshire. Each of us prepared a short reflection of our experience working with Branching Out and with the National Park Service.
It’s finally the end of the Branching Out program and I am honestly very sad to leave. This was one of the best programs that I have ever joined. The people, the experience and the projects have taught me so much as a person. From being a shy girl who was afraid to speak her opinion, I came into this program knowing completely nothing about the National Park Service. I was unfamiliar with the work and did not like what I was doing at all. As time went on, I started to like the work more and more. Looking back, I was able to learn new information and encounter so many new things that I have never experienced before. I was able to expand my knowledge on a whole variety of things. This program pushed me out of my comfort zone and gave me a new and refreshing perspective. Now, at the end, I felt like I have reached my destination on this long journey and I do not regret any of the choices that I have made. This program has changed me more than words can explain. I am so glad to have been part of this amazing program.
Thank you Branching Out for teaching me and helping me to learn how parks in my community are managed. I had a great time being here, but now it’s time to say my goodbye’s. I really had a blast being in this school year program. The program has taught me so much about landscaping and I also got to do the fun projects, visit other parks that I have never been before and we got to help them with these projects it was really a good time and fun experience. Thank you for everything and I hope to bring these skills to my next job.
Over the past 8 months, I have had a great pleasure working as a Branching out School Year Ambassador. I enjoyed traveling and working at the different National Parks in the Boston area. I have further developed my time management, public speaking and teamwork skills. It’s an honor to be able to help with the mission of the National Park Service and trough Branching out, I was able to do so. As the School Year Program is coming to an end, I’m looking forward to continuing working for Branching out as a Field Team Leader this summer.
And in case you missed our webinar presentation, you can view it below to learn about all the projects and adventures we went on! Thank you to everyone who hosted our group for a project and taught us about resource stewardship!!