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Controlling invasive species and restoring native habitats benefits more than just wildlife! Hispanic Access Foundation intern, Kelly Vera, shares the love for her work in her goal to engage communities and restore natural areas.

On a clear fall day in early November, staff from Wallkill River NWR and Great Swamp NWR gathered to celebrate the opening of a pollinator garden at Yonkers School 13.

If I had to choose one thing that empowered me the most during my internship, it would be the outreach and education work I did. I was able to connect with kids, younger and older, and get them excited, involved and talking about nature. I wanted the kids to see someone like me doing this kind of work and realize that it’s possible.