Summer Green Team
Groundwork Lawrence Green Team is a year-round program that offers part-time, paid positions for approximately 50 high school aged students in Lawrence each year to help learn about and lead local environmental and healthy community initiatives, grow food, conduct research, raise awareness, challenge their peers to do community service, and participate in hands-on improvement projects throughout the City of Lawrence.
One of the Green Team Members, Bryanna, recently went to Yellowstone National Park for a month-long training, provided with support from the National Park Service and Groundwork USA. In the first week alone, Bryanna was exposed to at least 5 different trainings and met youth from all over the United States.  She learned about trail work including how to maintain and design trails for hikers which involved "shrubbing" where she and her other youth counterparts trimmed tree limbs to open up the paths and cut logs to create the borders of walking paths. Bryanna even got a chance to paint buffalo pens!

The month was full of a lot of work, hot days and mosquitoes, but the views, the waterfalls, the geysers and the connections she made with other youth 
made it all worth it! 

Bryanna said she would definitely do it all over again. "I cried because I was going to miss everyone", said Bryanna. She said her favorite part of the Yellowstone trip came in the closing days of it all where "you know it was ending ... and you know this was going to be the last time you are going to see everyone ... so you got to enjoy, make the best out of it and chill". One of the last nights that Bryanna was at Yellowstone, the group hiked 10,000 feet above sea level and to their surprise, came across snow in July. Another night, the group watched a movie outside and then stargazed. Overall,  this experience made a huge impression on this Green Team high school student-- one that will surely last for the rest of her life!
Spicket River Clean Up
Our second largest city-wide cleanup next to Earth Day, Comcast Cares Day, the Spicket River Cleanup provides an opportunity for the community to come together and beautify the city along the Spicket River, which crosses Lawrence and Methuen. This is a great time to gather neighbors, family, friends, co-workers, and neighborhood associations to form a group and get the work done while creating and strengthening bonds. 

Recap: Green Team's Greenway 5K
The Greenway 5k (GW5K) is an annual event hosted by Groundwork Lawrence's Green Team to promote health, fitness and open spaces. This event aims to support members of the community in their efforts to lead healthier lifestyles and encourage walking and running on our 3.5 mile Spicket River Greenway. The GW5K course provides runners with an opportunity to take in some of the best views the City of Lawrence has to offer.
We're Hiring!
GWL is seeking an Educational Program Coordinator to implement a variety of youth education programs. Reporting to the Program Manager, this position collaborates with the education team and temporary summer staff to deliver top quality environmental and public health youth programming and helps integrate youth into GWL's community activities and events.

To Apply:
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please submit letter of interest describing your relevant experience and interest in Groundwork Lawrence along with your resume by September 15 to: Groundwork Lawrence, Attn: Human Resources, 60 Island Street, Lawrence, MA 01840, fax: (978) 974 - 0882, or
Groundwork Farmers Market 2015 Season
The Groundwork Farmers Markets feature a wide variety of local produce, as well as local crafts. Since assuming management of the downtown market in 2006, Groundwork Lawrence has sought to increase access to the market for all shoppers by accepting SNAP/EBT benefits, providing coupons and incentives, and working to increase the redemption of WIC and Senior Farmers Market coupons. 

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