Youth fight invasive species at local refuge

By Robert Burgess
Tower Hill staff

A recent Boston Globe article reminded us about the good volunteer work being done by young people throughout the region.

Ten of the New England Aquarium’s Live Blue Ambassadors scoured the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in a service learning effort focused on “removing some invasive species that are pretty prevalent in the meadowlands” there, according to Live Blue program coordinator Lucy Indge.

Boston Globe photo of the New England Aquarium’s Live Blue Ambassadors at the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge.

The refuge borders Maynard, Hudson, Stow, and Sudbury and is about 17 miles east of Tower Hill Botanic Garden. It’s also a great place to get close to plants and nature.

We at Tower Hill love to see young people outside, away from screens, getting their hands dirty. Especially when they get the chance to work with plants and learn about invasive species. This kind of volunteerism is infectious as kids and teens tell their friends about how fun it can be to make a difference.

Volunteers are Tower Hill’s secret weapon.

Tower Hill, of course, wouldn’t be the force for good in the region that it is without the 250 volunteers who help make the gardens such a special place. Many of our volunteers are able to have a direct impact on young people by leading school field trip groups or helping youngsters in the Youth Garden. You can learn more about how to give back at Tower Hill here.