Four New Haven high school students gave up their cell phones, their friends, and their comfy beds, and headed this summer to spend four weeks in the wilderness, on a saltmarsh island in Oregon.
Their mission: to walk through the 187-acre island searching for an invasive species of grass.
They were sent there as paid interns by the Nature Conservancy, a leading conservation organization that runs a program for young people called Leaders in Environmental Action for the Future. The students — all young women who attend either Common Ground High School or The Sound School in New Haven — were chosen because of their ability to be leaders, their interest in the environment, and their ability to work with a team, said Brigitte Griswold, the LEAF program director.
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