Connecting People with that land that sustains us


Each summer we are joined by several college students from around the region by way of conservation based educational internships. We look forward to the youthfulness, vitality and spunk they will bring to our summer season on the land! 

Summer 2017 has brought us an incredibly devoted group of interns and a few new faces to the full time staff. 


Abbey Dearwater

Hometown: Johnstown, New York

College: Sterling College

Degree Track: Ecology Major with a particular interest in the field of Conservation Biology

Favorite Environmental Quote: "This fragile earth is hurting. Young people today have so many serious challenges that need to be faced head on. I believe it is vitally important for the young to realize they can each do something positive with their lives- that they can go fro their dream whatever that is. This world needs their help more than ever before. We all are needed to work together for the future of this planet." Elizabeth Titus Putnam

Dakota Bailey

Hometown: Kingston, New York

College: SUNY Oneonta

Degree Track: Environmental Science Major with a Minor in Chemistry

Favorite Environmental Quote: Destroying a rainforest for economic gain is like burning a Renaissance painting to cook a meal." E.O. Wilson

Ethan Gardner

Hometown: Long Eddy, New York

College: SUNY Cobleskill

Degree Track: Wildlife Management

Favorite Environmental Quote: "We abuse land because we see it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a commodity to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect." Aldo Leopold

Kevin Weinert

Hometown: Schenevus, New York

College: SUNY Morrisville

Degree Track: Horticulture Production

Favorite Environmental Quote: "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not." The Lorax


Full Time: 

Patricia Szarpa

Position: Executive Director

Hometown: Buffalo, New York

Current Residence: Cooperstown, New York

Julie Seamon

Position: Community Engagement Coordinator

Hometown: Richfield Springs, New York 

Current Residence: Richfield Springs, New York