The 2017 Connecting Children & Nature interns are members of the City of Madison Wanda Fullmore Youth Internship Program. Public Health, in partnership with the City of Madison, MMSD, CommonWealth Development, and many additional community partners, host these five high school youth to help us achieve our project goals. In addition to teaching MMSD summer school students about the benefit of nature and building seven outdoor play spaces at early childcare sites, these youth will spend their summer developing their personalized voice to promote nature, equity, and health across the city.
2017 Intern Projects
In the summer of 2016, six Wanda Fullmore interns set out on an explorative journey to better understand the barriers to nature access. This included a robust look at the various geographic inequities that exist throughout Madison’s neighborhoods and also involved an in-depth process of interviewing youth, adults and elders to better understand cultural trends. The youth were paired with two incredible community partners – Community GroundWorks and Centro Hispano – and completed side projects related to garden-based education for youth and playground construction.