Common Ground Senior Ariana Rodriguez  on the saltmarsh island in Oregon

Common Ground Senior Ariana Rodriguez on the saltmarsh island in Oregon.

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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