The Woodland Ecology Research Mentorship (WERM)

The Woodland Ecology Research Mentorship (WERM) is open to current 9th, 10th, Y1s who will be 15 years old before June 15th, 2020. This 14-month program provides a unique opportunity to work with local ecologists and take part in ecological research projects. WERM students learn content and develop basic research skills during their first summer through hands-on projects and coursework. Building on their skills at weekend workshops during the academic year, students embark on a final research project under the guidance of a science mentor for their second summer.

The application deadline for this program is March 29th, 2020.

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Through our partnership with the college of Mount Saint Vincent, we offer two credit bearing college courses: Restoration of NYC’s Natural Areas and Mapping NYC’s Urban Environment: An Intro to GIS. WERM students take both courses their first summer, while Forest Project interns take only one each summer they participate. Students do not pay tuition!

The Forest Project

Spend an unforgettable summer working as part of a small crew protecting and improving Wave Hill’s woodlands, enjoying the outdoors, learning about restoration ecology and making friends, all while getting paid and earning college credit.

The Forest Project is open to current 10th, Y1, Y2s. Applicants must be atleast 16 years old by June 15th, 2020. The seven-week program meets Mondays through Fridays from June 29th – August 21st, 2020. Interns work in small, supervised crews to help restore woodland areas at Wave Hill. Interns who complete their first summer of the Forest Project are offered the opportunity to return for a second summer.

The application deadline for this program is March 15th, 2020.

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2020 SEA OF TOMORROW SCHOLARSHIPS & TRAINING GRANTS: Beneath The Sea Scholarships & Training Grants help recipients achieve dreams – don’t let this opportunity pass you by!

Beneath The Sea, Inc. is a nonprofit, volunteer, membership organization, recognized nationally and Internationally as a source of education about the ocean environment.

Our purpose is to:

  1. Provide continuing education to the recreational diver community.
  2. Educate the public in the benefits of protecting the ocean environment.
  3. Support ocean and environment related projects and charities.

For scholarship descriptions and guidelines, visit:

Alliance for Climate Education

Alliance for Climate Education’s mission is to educate young people on the science of climate change and empower them to take action. By empowering youth to take action with a frame of justice and optimism, we are shifting the national discourse on climate in ways that are proven to affect public opinion and policy.

ACE does two things best.

First, we teach climate science that puts teenagers at the center of the story. Our live, in-school assembly is award-winning and proven to work.

Second, we give every student a chance to take action. For some, it’s a small lifestyle change. For others, it’s hands-on preparation for a lifetime of leadership.

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Trevor Project Volunteering

The Trevor Project

The Trevor Project is dedicated to recruiting qualified volunteers to provide life-saving, life-affirming support to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. As the heart of The Trevor Project, our volunteers accomplish societal and individual change by creating safe spaces for LGBTQ youth in crisis and promoting awareness of Trevor’s resources. Through their endeavors, Trevor is dedicated to uplifting and supporting our volunteers as they work to empower LGBTQ youth nationwide.

**Please note: You must be at least 18 years old to volunteer.

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GreenThumb Youth Leadership Council

GreenThumb is a division of the NYC Parks Department whose mission is to educate and support community gardens and urban farming in NYC, while preserving open space. The purpose of the Youth Leadership Council is to have youth learn valuable skills, have fun, create lasting friendships, while volunteering at a community run garden.

In order to graduate from a Youth Leadership Council, students must complete a minimum of 20 hours of service at a community garden throughout the summer. There will be a kickoff training event in May as well as a graduation ceremony in August. Students will have the opportunity to learn from community gardeners about the best ways in which to grow a wide variety of plants, as well as general gardening maintenance.


Any high school student interested in botany, agriculture, flowers, nature, the environment, composting techniques, or gardening is welcome to sign up. This is not only a good way to give back to your community, it is a path to understanding where your food comes from, how to care for living things, and possibly the start of a future career.

Matthew Melore
Youth Leadership Council Coordinator

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Science Research Mentoring Program

Science at The Museum of Natural History:

The Science Research Mentoring Program is a free two-year program open to any New York City high school student, entering the tenth or eleventh grade. Students are linked to research mentors who are museum scientists and educators working in the fields of anthropology, evolution, biodiversity, genetics and conversation biology. Students receive in-depth training and support that enables them to take part in scientific research conducted at the Museum. The focus is on students from groups traditionally underrepresented in science- women, minorities, and person with disabilities, or who have lacked opportunities to pursue their scientific interests because of limited access to the mentors and facilities. This program is designed to expose high school students to different careers in the biological sciences and anthropology, with an emphasis on scientific research, in order to prepare them and make them stronger candidates for college science programs.

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The Experiment in International Living

The Experiment in International Living provides summer abroad programs for high school students who want to connect deeply and engage meaningfully with the richness and complexities of another country. Participants explore the host country through hands-on experiences in local communities and through the lens of a specific theme.

Programs are designed to equip participants not only with essential cultural skills, college prep skills, and, in many cases, language skills, but also with a deeper awareness of and sensitivity to critical global issues shaping the diverse communities and regions we visit. Each year, hundreds of Experimenters come away from their summer abroad with invaluable new skills, connections, awareness, and knowledge that help them to thrive — and lead — in diverse, intercultural environments.

The Experiment is committed to providing participants from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds with access to The Experiment’s immersive cross-cultural programs through its partnerships, scholarships, and other initiatives.

Our Programs - A thematic focus — on sustainability and the environment; arts and social change; language and cultural discovery; leadership training; or peace, politics, and human rights

Our Summer 2020 application is now available, so apply or pre-register today!

We are now accepting applications for summer 2020 on rolling basis. Our priority enrollment deadline is on February 12, 2020.

The Leadership Institute application deadline is on January 15, 2020.

Rustic Pathways GAP Year Programs

Service and Exploration

Pan African Service Adventure

Spanish Immersion and Service


Program Cost: $15,995 + $2,095 Estimated Internal Airfare

Start Location: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

End Location: Lima, Peru

Travel to and from start and end locations not included.

Check also: Rustic Internships   and  Rustic Roadtrips

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Internship (Age 16 to 18)

Program Description

This course will give you hands-on, practical skills related to

  • composting,
  • animal husbandry,
  • farming,
  • resource recovery,
  • conservation

Earth Matter interns will build leadership and environmental stewardship skills. The internship will take place  at the Earth Matter Compost Learning Center located on Governors Island (GI), and at various sites on  Governors Island, guided by Earth Matter staff and adult volunteers.

We are accepting applications for our “Seasonal” apprenticeship in 2016.