Schuyler CCE Garden-Based Learning

Worksite Location
CCE Schuyler County
Faculty Sponsor
Marcia Eames-Sheavly, Senior Extension Associate/Senior Lecturer, Horticulture
Field Mentors/Supervisors
Brett Chedzoy, Senior Resource Educator, CCE Schuyler County; Roger Ort, Horticulture and Local Foods Community Educator, CCE Schuyler County; and select Schuyler County Master Gardener Volunteers
Stipend Amount
$4,000
Project Summary and Intended Outcomes

Interest in gardening is growing throughout New York State, and CCE is continuing to explore the most innovative avenues through which to educate and inspire citizens. Demonstration gardens have proven to be an important arena for a number of significant learning opportunities. CCE Schuyler 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 garden-based learning intern will help CCE Schuyler 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; 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 two-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 CGBL curricula; create, enhance, and lead activities which support the maintenance of the garden; 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

Must be a full-time CALS freshman, sophomore or junior. Graduating seniors are not eligible. Must meet NYS Department of Motor Vehicle requirement, if applicable.

The candidate will need excellent written and oral communication skills. A genuine desire and documented interest in working with people is necessary. S/he should be attentive to detail and should possess a general knowledge of, and enthusiasm for, gardening and home food 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 and local food production experience; 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.