Schuyler CCE Garden-Based Learning (Horticulture and Local Foods Community Education)

Worksite Location
CCE Schuyler County
Project Dates
May 22 - August 18
Faculty Sponsor
Dr. John Losey, Entomology
Other Campus-Based Mentors/Supervisors
Dr. Todd Ugine , Dr. Leslie Allee, Dr. Rebecca Smyth
Field Mentors/Supervisors
Schuyler CCE; Brett Chedzoy, Sr. Resource Educator, Roger Ort, Horticulture and Local Foods Community Educator, and select Schuyler County Master Gardener Volunteers.
Stipend Amount
$4,000
Project Summary and Intended Outcomes

Interest in gardening is growing throughout NYS and CCE continues to explore the most innovative avenues through which to educate and inspire citizens. Demonstration Gardens have proven to be successful arenas for a number of types of learning opportunities. Schuyler CCE has identified the need for continuing a strengthened approach to a local demonstration garden as a way to help hundreds of local residents learn more about horticulture, and area educators learn from our success. This year we propose to expand our offerings with significant hands-on opportunities for the public to learn about gardening and beneficial insects, and to participate in a nationwide citizen science project, the Lost Ladybug Project (LLP) (http://www.lostladybug.org). Participants contribute to authentic scientific research by surveying ladybugs and other garden beneficials and taking part in the reestablishment of endangered native ladybug species. This garden-based learning intern will help Schuyler CCE build upon the success of last summer’s internship to further develop, utilize and maximize the educational benefit of the attractive, spacious teaching garden, which lies adjacent to the CCE office complex, and was established five years ago as an outdoor classroom. The summer intern will: begin with an overview of important initiatives, such as sustainability, and diversity and inclusion, as well as practical guidance related to stakeholder needs assessment and successful program development process; help develop and deliver a season-long curriculum with input from leadership; spend one day a week at the Lost Ladybug Project laboratory and incorporate this experience into the curriculum to include: summer rec. school programs talking about the LLP, plant and maintain a ladybug habitat at the CCE Schuyler Teaching Garden, educational workshops for adults on beneficial insects, educational garden tours on beneficial insects. To support these activities, the intern will write articles on the LLP and beneficials in the landscape for sending to media outlets and produce educational flyers and handouts developed for the teaching garden and beyond. Finally, the intern will share the results of the approach through diverse documentation which will include a web-based success story, to be distributed through CCE News and the Cornell Garden-Based Learning Blog; and potentially host a regional workshop to share with other CCE educators our learnings from the trajectory of a three-year internship experience with a growing audience base. For more information on the Schuyler CCE Teaching Garden, visit: http://schuyler.cce.cornell.edu/gardening

Roles and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the collaborators listed above, the intern will: participate in a preparation session; develop and deliver targeted educational programs for both youth and adult audiences (Head Start, ARC, WIC ,PINS Diversion and 4-H) at the Teaching Garden with guidance in intentionally adapting Lost Ladybug Project (LLP) and CGBL curricula; create, enhance, and lead activities which support the maintenance of the garden; work with LLP scientists; observe how volunteers are developed, supervised and rewarded, and work with educators to implement two volunteer trainings and gain experiences; monitor for pests; collect data in a variety of trials; report and share the results regionally and statewide to educate and inspire others.

Qualifications and Previous Coursework

The candidate will need excellent written and oral communication skills. A genuine desire and documented interest in working with people and insects is necessary. S/he should be attentive to detail and should possess a general knowledge of, and enthusiasm for gardening, IPM, and sustainable production; a desire to work with a variety of audiences; and an interest in, and the ability to perform, physical work in outdoor conditions.

Benefits and Skills

Increased knowledge of CCE successful program development process; basic gardening, IPM and sustainable production experience; experience in applied entomology and citizen science; volunteer development; and written and oral expression. Intern will gain significant experience in facilitating learning experiences for both adult and youth audiences in an outdoor classroom environment through the co-leadership of numerous classes and activities