We hope you enjoyed learning a little about how we’re connecting people with nature at our dryland forest sites the last time we emailed you. Another cool aspect of these projects is our internship program. Please see below. As always, we’d love to get to know you better, so please contact us if you have any ideas, questions, or concerns related to our mission.
“Hard work, but worth it!”
The Ka Pilina Poina ‘Ole “Connections Not Forgotten” project includes a dryland intern mentorship program for youth to learn about seed collection and processing, propagation, outplanting, and care of native plants. Jill Wagner, coordinator of the mentorship program, takes a very hands-on, intensive approach.
“It is very hard work, but they [the interns] get a lot of attention from me and we do everything with care…we take our time and make sure that each seedling will be planted with care,” she says. Several of Jill’s students have gone on to jobs or graduate school in the field of forestry and National Park work.
We take our time and make sure that each seedling will be planted with care.
— Jill Wagner, Mentorship Program Coordinator